Delay in selection of foreign players may be the biggest week point

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Bangalore, Dec 17(UNI) Delay in selection of foreign players will hamper performance of the team in the Premier Hockey League beginning at Chandigarh from December 20, Bangalore Hi-fliers Coach Ashish Balal said today.

In an interaction with the media, he said that "the boys have geared up well and the weakest point may be delay in selection of foreign players. As we don't know who will be included in which team, otherwise the teams preparation was good and geared up to all out for victory." However, Karnataka State Hockey Association (KSHA) General Secretary, Kannan Krishnamurthy, who is also Manager of the Bangalore Hi-Fliers, opined that the delay was mainly due to confirmation awaited from foreign players who were busy with international events.

When asked whether the duration for training which was only one week was very short, Olympian Ashish Balal said that "the team, in which most of the players are in National team players, had attended camp at Sports Authority of India, (SAI) Southern Centre in preparation for Olympic Qualifiers after resounding victory in the Asian Cup and moreover the almost had continues play either during camp or exposure in international matches played since last six month.

Expressing disappointment over the team's performance in the last edition of PHL in which the Bangalore Hi-fliers finished third, Balal said that this time "the team is very focused and the ambition of each player's is to win and wipeout last year's disappointing performance." "We want to repeat the result of 2006 in which we won the title", he added.

He said that Bangalore Hi-Fliers has asked for foreign players in the positions of Mid-fielder, Forward and attacker.

Replying to a question about cold weather in Chandigarh, he said that " boys have played in European countries and since they are professionals weather may not affect in their performance in the field".

Allocation of foreign players, three players to each of the participating 7 teams may take place through draw tomorrow.

UNI

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