MUMBAI (Agencies) - Eight players from Pakistan, including former captain Rehan Butt, have signed up for the World Series Hockey (WSH) to be held across eight Indian cities from December 15, 2011 to January 22, 2012. The rest of seven players, which also include two other ex-skippers, are defender Zeeshan Ashraf, Mudassar Ali, Tariq Aziz, midfielder Adnan Maqsood, half back Waseem Ahmad, Pakistans most capped player and drag-flicker Syed Imran Warsi and striker Shakeel Abbasi, a media release from WSH said. These eight players share over 1600 international matches amongst themselves. I am honoured to be a captain of one of the teams. World Series Hockey will see a face off between the best international and Indian players and I am proud to be a part of this prestigious and highly anticipated event, Butt, who will be leading one of the eight city-based franchise outfits, said. The cash-rich league, a joint venture of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Nimbus Sport, has signed top international players from Australia, Argentina, Spain, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Korea. Some of the top Indian players to take part in the tournament are Rajpal Singh, Sandeep Singh, Adrian DSouza, Sardar Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Diwakar Ram, Bharat Chetri, Dhananjay Mahadik, Shivendra Singh, Mandeep Antil, S V Sunil, Roshan Minz, William Xalxo and Prabodh Tirkey. The league would be played in Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and two other cities from among Bhopal, Pune, Rourkela, Ranchi, Manipur, Lucknow and Kolkata. Nimbus Sports COO Yannick Colaco said the league (not a sanctioned event of the International Hockey Federation) has evoked overwhelming response from players around the globe. The response from the players and members of the global hockey fraternity has been overwhelming. The top players from the international arena, including Pakistan, have signed contracts and the league is all geared up to enthral fans with a spectacular display of skill, he said.