Six more Indian players pulled out of the Nimbus and Indian Hockey Federation-promoted World Series Hockey (WSH) yesterday citing national camp for the Olympic qualifier that would coincide with the rebel league starting December 17.
The six players -- Rupinder Pal Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Kangujam Chinglensana Singh, Manjeet Kullu, Birendra Lakra and Manpreet Singh -- in a letter assured the parent body Hockey India (HI) that they would attend the national camp that starts December 11 in Delhi. All the players are currently with the national team in the Champions Challenge I in South Africa.
Captain and goalkeeper Bharat Chettri, Sreejesh, ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh, Tushar Khandekar, Sardar Singh and rising star Yuvraj Walmiki have already pulled out of the league Wednesday. "We are not playing in the WSH and will be attending the national camp in Delhi for the Olympic qualifiers on Dec 11, 2011, until February 2012. We will be available for selection in the national team for the Olympic qualifiers," the players said in a letter to HI secretary Narinder Batra.
IHF president RK Shetty said: "The IHF haven't received any request from the players. It is a ploy to sabotage the WSH," Shetty said.