The rest of seven players, which also include two other ex-skippers, are defender Zeeshan Ashraf, seasoned campaigner Mudassar Ali, Tariq Aziz, midfielder Adnan Maqsood, half back Waseem Ahmad, Pakistan’s most capped player and drag-flicker Syed Imran Warsi and legendary striker Shakeel Abbasi, a media release from WSH said.
These eight players share over 1600 international matches amongst themselves.
“I am honoured to be a captain of one of the teams. World Series Hockey will see a face off between the best international and Indian players and I am proud to be a part of this prestigious and highly anticipated event,” Butt, who will be leading one of the eight city-based franchise outfits, said.
The cash-rich league, a joint venture of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Nimbus Sport, has signed top international players from Australia, Argentina, Spain, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Korea.