The four-round Hockey World League was an ambitious innovation running into three seasons, but will pave way for a two-tier competition from 2018 onwards.
Bhubaneswar was filled with hoardings welcoming the Hockey World League Final. At the stadium the crowds swelled and yelled, even when India were not playing.
India and Pakistan share one of the fiercest rivalries in world hockey and the international federation does not want to miss out on the chance to cash in on a high-voltage contest during next year's senior men's World Cup.
'Ill-timed' Sardar Singh interrogation destabilised the team, says Hockey India in official complaint to FIH
Hockey India (HI) has lodged an official complaint to International Hockey Federation (FIH) about the ill-timing of former captain Sardar Singh's interrogation by Yorkshire police during the Hockey World League in London
In the last few years, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has made a host of changes in playing rules to make the game fast and attractive.
McCracken has also served as a board member for Hockey New Zealand and has played an important role in the development of hockey, especially umpiring, both in his homeland and internationally.