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Chandigarh set for second leg of PHL

February 10, 2007 15:36 IST

The second leg of the Premier Hockey League will start amidst fanfare from February 11, 2007 at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh. The seven teams of the premier tier will now move to Punjab, the heartland of Hockey in India.

This is the first time that the league has had twin venues -- Chennai and Chandigarh and is being played over a two-month period.

The second leg sees eight new foreign players joining the seven teams for a round of league matches followed by a best of 3 finals. 11 Pakistani, 3 Spanish, 2 South African, 2 Australian, a Malaysian and an Argentine mount up the foreign element here.

Indian Hockey Federation general secretary K Jothikumaran said the PHL had received tremendous response from both the international players and federations.

"The second leg sees some of the best in the world competing in the league with Santi Freixa and Jamie Dwyer leading the foreign players' charge," said Jothikumaran.

The foreign players allotted among the teams for the Chandigarh leg are as follows:

Sher-E-Jalandhar                                      Chandigarh Dynamos
Santi Freixa - Spain                                          Lloyd Norris Jones - South Africa
Muhammad Imran - Pakistan                            Zeeshan Ashraf � Pakistan

Chennai Veerans                                      Bangalore Lions
Albert Casas - Spain                                        Paul Blake - South Africa
Kuhan Shanmuganathan - Malaysia                   Mohammad Waqas - Pakistan
Muhammad Zubair - Pakistan                           Rehan Butt - Pakistan

Maratha Warriors                                    Hyderabad Sultans
Jamie Dwyer/Brent Livermore � Australia*       Ramon Alegre - Spain
Adnan Maqsood - Pakistan                              Shakeel Abbasi - Pakistan
Imran Warsi - Pakistan                                     Tariq Aziz - Pakistan

Orissa Steelers
Mario Almada - Argentina
Salman Akbar - Pakistan
Adnan Zakir - Pakistan

Note: Jamie Dwyer will play from February 11 onwards, Brent Livermore will replace him from February 23