The Burman family, promoters of Dabur India, has taken up the Mumbai franchise of the Hockey India League (HIL), making it the fifth of the six teams, which will compete in the event starting in January 2013.

“We are pleased to welcome the Burman family into our fold as HIL Mumbai franchise,” said HIL chairman Narinder Batra.

“We are excited that the family behind one of India’s biggest consumer powerhouses has come on board and are confident that, like the other franchises, it will develop a competitive squad,” he added.

Dabur Group Director, Mohit Burman said the decision to take up the HIL Mumbai franchise was an emotional one.

“We are pleased to be able to associate ourselves with the national sport. Everyone knows the rich legacy that India boasts of in hockey and the Burman family is delighted to be able to contribute to the evolution of the sport in our country,” said Burman.

“This is a personal investment by the Burman family and is not connected to Dabur India Ltd. The idea was not only to be an owner of a hockey team, but to be part of a larger canvas, which will in future, play a big role in finding new talent that can be groomed to play for India,” he said.

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