Pro Kabaddi League: 29 athletes retained by franchises ahead of upcoming season under 'Elite Retained Players'

The number of retained players for the upcoming season of the Pro Kabaddi League, starting 19 July, has increased from the previous season's 21.

Press Trust of India March 25, 2019 16:36:45 IST
Pro Kabaddi League: 29 athletes retained by franchises ahead of upcoming season under 'Elite Retained Players'
  • A total of 29 players have been retained by their respective franchisees of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) under the Elite Retained Players category

  • The number of retained players for the upcoming season, starting 19 July, has increased from the previous season's 21

  • The League has also introduced a new category where a franchise can retain a New Young Player, once his two-year contract is completed under the Retained Young Players category

Mumbai: A total of 29 players have been retained by their respective franchisees of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) under the 'Elite Retained Players' category, the organisers announced on Monday.

Pro Kabaddi League 29 athletes retained by franchises ahead of upcoming season under Elite Retained Players

Team Tamil Thalaivas has retained seasoned Ajay Thakur for the second time in a row. Twitter@ProKabaddi

The number of retained players for the upcoming season, starting 19 July, has increased from the previous season's 21. The non-retained players will go under the hammer at the auctions, to be held on 8-9 April.

"The League is cognizant of the significance of squad continuity and long-term association of players with their respective teams towards creating strong hooks and bonds for fans as well as sponsors.

"With this realisation, PKL has consistently strengthened its Player Retention Policy to facilitate and augment squad continuity, to benefit players as well as their teams," said League Commissioner Anupam Goswami.

The Elite Player Retention cap has been increased from a maximum of four to six. "Franchises can retain up to six elite players from either category A, B or C, with a maximum of two each from Category A and B," a release said.

The League has also introduced a new category where a franchise can retain a New Young Player, once his two-year contract is completed under the Retained Young Players category.

These retained young players are over and above the existing cap of six "New Young players" that a franchise can have.

"This works in favour of young kabaddi players who have proved their mettle and can continue playing with their respective teams and allows the franchises to build continuity of young talent," added the release.

Tamil Thalaivas have retained seasoned Ajay Thakur for the second time in a row, along with Manjeet Chhillar.

Experienced players such as Rohit Kumar (Bengaluru Bulls), Fazel Atrachali (U Mumba), Pardeep Narwal (Patna Pirates), Deepak Hooda (Jaipur Pink Panthers), Joginder Narwal (Dabang Delhi K.C) and Maninder Singh (Bengal Warriors) have also been retained by their respective teams.

Pawan Sehrawat (Bengaluru Bulls), Vikash Khandola (Haryana Steelers), Sachin (Gujarat Fortunegiants), Sandeep Dhull (Jaipur Pink Panthers) have also been retained by their respective teams.

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