Hockey India League – Mumbai Magicians
Mumbai Magicians (abbreviated as MM) is a field hockey team based in Mumbai, Maharashtra that plays in the Hockey India League. It is owned by Dabur India Ltd. Australian coach Ric Charlesworth serves as the head coach for the team.
The team is owned by The Burman family, promoters of Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) major Dabur India Ltd.. The Burman Family is the promoter of one of the largest and the oldest Indian consumer products company, Dabur India Ltd. The family also has interests in Life Insurance, General Insurance, Banking firms, Healthcare, besides Private Equity and Food & Beverage Retail.
Hockey India League today announced that the Mumbai franchise has been taken up by DoIT Sports Management (India) Pvt. Ltd., a creative sports entity championing “Rurban” Indian sporting ventures, making it the sixth franchise that will compete in the prestigious international event, held every year in January – February. In the first two seasons, Dabur group owned Mumbai franchise, who pulled out of the league. Winners of first edition Ranchi Rhinos also pulled out of the league, while a new franchise owned Deccan Water Treatment Pvt. Ltd. has been added. The new franchise will be based in Pune. Speaking on the announcement Hockey India Secretary-General and Hero Hockey India League Chairman Dr. Narinder Batra said, “We welcome DoIT Sports Management on board the Hockey India League. As they already have immense knowledge in the sports arena, we are confident that they will have a positive impact on this season’s Hockey India League. They are a young and creative company with exciting new ideas for the region and are looking to contribute towards the development and growth of Hockey in the country.” Speaking on owning the Mumbai Franchise of HIL, Radha Kapoor, Director, DoIT Sports Management said, “The pride and passion associated with India’s most successful Olympic team sport – Hockey – is known well world over. DoIT Sports aims to take the same passion and pride to the field in the worlds’ premiere hockey tournament – the Hockey India League. Already featuring the best international talent DoIT Sports plans to support and field India’s most talented in the League. Instituted to promote sporting disciplines, DoIT Sports is committed to contributing towards grassroot development of hockey in India. The Mumbai franchise will promote a dynamic sporting culture and bring together the best talent management systems to actualize our sporting vision into a reality.” DoIT Sports Management (India) Pvt Ltd was incorporated as a part of DoIT Creations Group with the vision of promoting sports, athletes, sports facilities and events across India. Founded by Radha Kapoor, a creative entrepreneur, DoIT Creations has been instituted to promote creative and innovative new sunrise opportunities focused on entrepreneurship.
|Goals For||39 (1.77 per match)|
|Goals Against||61 (2.77 per match)|
|Most Goals||Glenn Turner (9 goals)|
|Performance by Oppositions|
|Uttar Pradesh Wizards||5||2||0||3||10||10||40.00%|
Dabur Mumbai Magicians recorded their first win in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL), beating debutants Kalinga Lancers 3-2 in an entertaining league match at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium in Mumbai .
It took Dabur Mumbai Magicians nine games to register their first victory in the league, while for Kalinga Lancers it was a disappointing end to their maiden campaign in the six-team tournament. Dabur Mumbai Magicians opened the scoring 30 seconds from the first quarter through captain Glenn Turner (17th minute), who converted a half chance into goal from a rebound.
MUMBAI: All is not well between Hockey India (HI) and the Mumbai Magicians. The Mumbai franchise, who were part of the first two editions of the Hockey India League (HIL), are all set to withdraw from the third edition which is set to begin from the third week of January according to sources.
The Magicians have done little to promote the game in the city and have not been taking their team too seriously, said the source. HI officials had even reprimanded the franchise for the same.
“Officials in HI feel that the Mumbai franchise was conducting matches at Mumbai’s Bombay Hockey Association (BHA) ground perfunctorily. They haven’t done anything to promote the game,” an HI source said. HI general secretary Narendra Batra, however, denied any rift between the body and the Burmans, who own the Mumbai franchise. “I haven’t heard anything of this kind. No one from our side or their side has discussed anything of this sort. In fact, preparations for the forthcoming season are on in full-flow,” Batra stressed.
According to sources, a crucial meeting between the two parties scheduled for September 6 in New Delhi could prove to be decisive. “This meeting will decide the fate of Mumbai Magicians. But indications are that the Magicians are on their way out,” the source revealed.
Mohit Burman, owner of the Magicians, who is presently in London, told TOI in an e-mail communication that all reports of his team pulling out are false. In all likelihood though, the Magicians will withdraw from the HIL. The HIL organisers however have little to worry about. There are two franchises that are desperate to get in. “The third edition of the league will feature eight teams (last season there were six),” Batra confirmed.
According to sources, Pune could be one of the teams. “Talks are on and HI might rope in Pune. As for Mumbai, Dabur might be replaced with another owner (preferably from Mumbai) if nothing concrete comes out of the meeting on September 6.