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Delhi Wave Riders suffer Taekema blow

Delhi Waveriders, the Delhi franchise of the inaugural Hockey India League, were dealt a severe blow even before the start of the tournament after their Dutch drag-flick specialist Taeke Taekema was ruled out of the entire event due to a back injury.

Taekema, who was bought by Delhi Waveriders at his base price of Rs 13.6 lakhs, was one of the star foreign players in the HIL players’ auction.

‘We will miss the services of our drag-flick specialist Taekema. We just got a message from him that he is injured. He is recuperating from a back injury and won’t be available for the entire league,’ the chief advisor Ajitpal Singh said.

‘It is a big loss for us as he is one of the best penalty corner specialist in the world. But we have balanced side and I hope his absence won’t affect us much,’ he said.

With three days to go for the league, nine Pakistani contracted Pakistani players are yet to arrive in India due to visa issues in the wake of growing tensions between the two countries because of the recent events at the LOC.

Delhi Waveriders are among the four franchises who have bought Pakistani players Mohammad Rizwan Sr and Mohammad Rizwan Jr. Asked about the development, the Delhi Waveriders chief advisor said they are keeping their fingers crossed.

‘We have heard that all the nine Pakistani players have been called in the Indian High Commission in Pakistan today. We can’t do anything but wait and watch,’ he said.
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