Gurbaj Singh turned out the most expensive buy in the closed bid for Hockey India League 2017, picked up for a whopping $99,000 by Ranchi Rays. German forward Christopher Ruhr was the costliest among foreign players, going for $75,000, also to Ranchi Rays.
Mid-fielder Gurbaj was suspended by Hockey India for nine months in August 2015 on charges of indulging in
Tom Craig (Kalinga Lancers), Robert van der Horst (Jaypee Punjab Warriors) and Seve van Ass (Uttar Pradesh Wizards) were among the other notable overseas buys during the auction in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Sushant Tirkey, Netherlands internationals Jaap Stockmann and Mink van der Weerden and Lucas Rossi of Argentina remained unsold.
"I would first like to emphasise the importance of the HIL in contributing to Indian hockey's rise in the rankings,” HIL chairman Narinder Batra told reporters.
"The professionalism of the league is commendable and all credit for this must go to the franchises themselves, who have conducted their work in a manner that is
“In regard to the closed bid, I'm happy to see that keeping with the trend, even this year, the process has been more rewarding to the players, and the teams have consistently looked to bid way higher than their base prices.
"It goes to show how valuable and talented each of the players