New Zealand's nine hockey players will have to wait until the end of the month to know if they will be picked up by one of the six franchises set to play in the new Hockey India League.

The player auction, similar to the one held for cricketers in the Indian Premier League, has been postponed until the end of the month, although details remain sketchy. The auction was originally due to be held overnight.

The six franchises were due to bid on around 100 international players for the league, which is due to be held from January 5 to February 3 and is backed by the FIH and ESPN Star Sports.

Black Sticks' captain Dean Couzins, veteran Phil Burrows, goalkeeper Hamish McGregor, midfielder Shea McAleese, centre-half Steve Edwards, strikers Simon Child and Hugo Inglis, forward Nick Wilson and defender Andy Hayward will all feature in the auction.