The Indo-Pak tension at the LoC today spilled over to the sporting arena with Hockey India deciding to send back all nine Pakistani hockey players taking part in Hockey India League after protests over the killing of Indian soldiers on the border. After Shiv Sena protests in Mumbai forced the team to shift training base to Delhi, Hockey India decided to play safe and send the team's Pakistani signings back. The players who are going back are: Fareed Ahmed, Imran Butt, Mahmood Rashid and Muhammad Tousiq (all Mumbai Magicians); Muhammad Rizwan Sr. and Muhammad Rizwan Jr. (Delhi Waveriders); Muhammad Irfan and Shafqat Rasool (Ranchi Rhinos); and Kashif Shah (Jaypee Punjab Warriors). "The decision was made in consultation with the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and International Hockey Federation (FIH)," HIL chairman Narinder Batra said. Earlier, the Pakistan Hockey Federation has been informed about the decision and the circumstances under which it was taken. The PHF has expressed understanding of the situation. "The contracts of the four Pakistani players would remain valid and the payments would be made to them although they would not be playing in any of the matches," the official said. In all, there are nine players contracted to play in the five-team Hockey India League, which got underway yesterday. "We will take a decision about the other Pakistani players depending on how the situation pans out. If we feel that there could be more trouble, we may have to take an appropriate decision," he said. The league ran into rough weather after the killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army on January 8 in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Mumbai Magicians, based in Mumbai, became the obvious target because of its large number of Pakistani recruits and the presence of right-wing outfit Shiv Sena's stronghold on the city. Over 100 Sena workers had protested against the participation of Pakistani players in the Mumbai franchise and disrupted the scheduled practice session on Sunday. This prompted the team management to shift base to Delhi. On the inaugural day, two supporters from Hindu Yuwak Sabha attempted to invade the turf at the National Stadium, the venue where the opening match between Delhi Waveriders and Punjab Warriors was on yesterday. The Mumbai team is scheduled to play its first match against Delhi in the capital tomorrow. Their first home match in the tournament is scheduled for January 20, against the Punjab team. Hockey India League to send back all Pakistan players | Other Sports - Hockey | NDTVSports.com +++++++++++++++++++ Still there are some people with some sense and pride left in the country.