Impressed with a ever-growing popularity of T20 cricket, former India hockey captain Dilip Tirkey has motionless to advise a International Hockey Federation (FIH) to deliver a six-a-side World Cup to popularise a diversion in new countries.
“There used to be usually one 50-over World Cup in cricket but now they have T20 WC that is immensely popular. It has bought new viewers for cricket. We can do identical experiment in hockey with six-a-side World Cup,” Tirkey told PTI Bhasha. “We have usually one World Cup in hockey. we strongly believe that we need a mini six-a-side World Cup in hockey,” he added.
The three-time Olympian, who is deliberate as one of the greatest defenders of Indian hockey, pronounced that he will write to FIH per this.
“I will write to FIH and Asian Hockey Federation in this regard. This format is really renouned in Europe and it can be supposed globally,” pronounced Tirket, a Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha.
Tirkey feels that World Cup has a possess attract and it can popularise hockey in new countries.
“There are so many World Cups in sharpened and archery hence these games are played in so many countries. We need similar proceed in hockey to widespread it globally. Six-a-side World Cup can be hold between a World Cup and Olympics with the appearance of 16 to 18 teams,” pronounced a veteran.
He also spoke in foster of a new order of counting one field idea as dual in a subsequent Hockey India League.
“We can supplement some-more piquancy in a diversion with new experiments. This new order of counting one margin idea as dual is good as it will revoke coherence on chastisement dilemma specialists. We will be means to see illusory margin goals that are rare now-a-days. Apart from this players will turn technically sound,” Tirkey said.
“This will foster artistic hockey that will fit Asian countries including India as we have always played artistic hockey. This order will make defenders and strikers equally important,” he added.