Cricketer Suresh Raina became co-owner of HIL franchise team Uttar Pradesh Wizards
With this he became the second Indian cricketer to get associated with HIL
Indian batsman Suresh Raina on 17 November 2014 became co-owner of Hockey India League (HIL) franchise team, Uttar Pradesh Wizards.
The announcement of his association was made by Abhijit Sarkar of Uttar Pradesh Wizards in an event held at Sahara Shaher in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
With this he became the second Indian cricketer to get associated with HIL. Earlier Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also got associated with the Ranchi franchise team of HIL as its co-owner.
About Hockey India League
Hockey India League is a professional league for field hockey competition in India. It is organised by Hockey India. The tournament was originally contested in the first season among five franchisee-based teams consisting of players from India and around the world.
In 2014, Kalinga Lancers joined as the sixth franchise, based in Bhubaneswar. The entire event takes place on home and away basis culminating into multi-header playoffs. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has sanctioned the event and also provides a 30-day window at the beginning of a year so that all top players can participate.
It is currently sponsored by two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp, and is therefore officially known as Hero Hockey India League or HHIL.