Speaking at the occasion, IHF president KPS Gill said, "This
is the first time in the history of Indian sports that an event,
of such a large scale, has been created to launch a domestic championship.
I am delighted by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the ESS
management in giving PHL such a grand launch after two years of
hard work by LSM. This great game indeed merits this attention and
"We are indeed privileged to have ESPN Star Sports and Leisure
Sports Management to partner us in this herculean task to create
this new beginning through this league," said IHF general secretary
According to ESS MD RC Venkateish, increased popularity will, in-turn,
attract foreign players and at the same time encourage more and
more youngsters to play the game. PHL will also provide the much-needed
exposure to the game and the players.
"LSM will continue to work closely with IHF & ESS to ensure
that the functioning of the league is smooth with the best of facilities
being provided to participants and viewers," offered the company
chairman and MD S S Dasgupta.
PHL offers total prize money of Rs 7.1 million. The winner will
win Rs 3 million while the runners up will collect Rs 1 million.
The winner of Tier II will get Rs 400,000 while the runner up will
receive Rs 250,000. Allocation of above prizes between players and
the respective associations shall be specified by IHF.
The league will have two tiers having five teams each in the first
year. Tier I will be called the 'Premier Division' and Tier II will
be called the 'First Division'. The League will follow a round robin
format with all teams playing each other twice. The winner will
be decided on the basis of total points.
PHL will also feature players from foreign countries like Pakistan,
South Korea, Spain and others. All leading Indian players will reserve
themselves to play the PHL. PHL will also present itself as the
first sporting platform ever where Pakistani and Indian players
will play in the same team, adds the release.