After the conclusion of Vivo IPL 2017, the focus now shifts to Champions Trophy and then Indian sports fan will have Pro Kabaddi League 2017 starting July 2017. This year PKL has already got enough media publicity, thanks to Star Sports, the organizers – first added four new franchise and Vivo became the title sponsor.
From the recently concluded PKL 2017 auction in New Delhi, Nitin Tomar becomes the costliest player not only this PKL season but also in the history of Pro Kabaddi League. Apart from Nitish, Rohit Kumar, Manjeet Chillar bagged the highest price in the auction.
More than 60 players from 16 countries and 131 Indian Kabaddi players were placed in the auction list and each franchise were allowed to buy 18-25 players under their squad. Just like IPL, a maximum of 4 international players were allowed in the auction. More than 300 players will be participating in this year’s Kabaddi league.
Several Indian Kabaddi players who performed very well at the first ever Kabaddi World Cup ended the auction on high note. Team Uttar Pradesh purchased Nitin Tomar for a whopping price of Rs 93 lakh. Manjeet Chillar will be seen wearing Jaipur Pink Panthers jersey and he will be quite surprised to see Rohit Kumar went to Bengaluru Bulls at a price of Rs 81 lakh. Jaipur also brought Selvamani K for Rs 73 lakh. Sandeep Narwal went to Puneri Paltan for Rs 65 lakh. Kuldeep Singh will be seen in U-Mumba jersey as was sold for Rs 51.5 lakh.
Shabbir Bapu & Jasvir Singh were retained by their respective franchise U Mumba and Jaipur for Rs 45 lakh & 51 lakh. The Indian captain, Ajay gets a new franchise at Rs 48.5 lakh. Rajesh Narwal was sold to Team UP for Rs 69 lakh and Surjeet Singh was sold to Bengal Warriors for Rs 73 lakh.
The Iran player who took their team to World cup final early this year were in the eyes of all franchises. Team Gujarat made a smart buy as they bought Abozar Mohajermighani for 50 lakh, Farhad Rahimi went to Telugu Titans for Rs 29 lakh, Hadi Oshtorok went to U Mumba for Rs 18.6 lakh and Dabang Delhi bought Abu Fazal and Abolfazel Maghsodlo for Rs 31.8 lakh each.
Thailand’s Khomsan Thongkham who stunned India in the first league match of the Kabaddi world cup 2017 was sold for 20.40 lakhs to team Haryana Steelers.
7 players weren’t included in the auction list because they were retained by their respective franchises.