India’s most sought-after kabaddi league Pro Kabaddi has started gearing up for yet another action-packed season with the announcement of the ‘Elite Player Retentions’.
The retained Elite players will continue their association with their respective franchises for VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season VII starting 19 July 2019.
A total of 29 players were retained in the Elite Retained Players category as teams begin drafting their squads for season VII. The number of Elite Retained Players for the upcoming season has increased from the previous season’s number of 21. The non-retained players will go under the hammer at the auctions to be held on the 8th and 9th of April 2019, PKL owners Mashal Sports has stated in a Press release.
This time, the pool of talent retained by the teams is a mixture of young and experienced players. Team Tamil Thalaivas have retained Padma Shri Ajay Thakur for the second time in a row, along with Manjeet Chhillar. Experienced players like 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 been retained by their respective teams to bring forth their skills and game play in crucial times. But players like Pawan Sehrawat (Bengaluru Bulls), Vikash Khandola (Haryana Steelers), Sachin (Gujarat Fortunegiants), Sandeep Dhull (Jaipur Pink Panthers) are all young players on the block who have showed their mettle and have been retained by their teams.
|Team||Players 1||Player 2||Player 3||Player 4|
|Bengal Warriors||Baldev Singh||Maninder Singh|
|Bengaluru Bulls||Rohit Kumar||Pawan Kumar Sehrawat||Ashish Kumar Sangwan|
|Dabang Delhi K.C||Meraj Sheykh||Joginder Narwal|
|Gujarat Fortunegiants||Sachin||Sunil Kumar|
|Haryana Steelers||Kuldeep Singh||Vikash Khandola|
|Jaipur Pink Panthers||Deepak Niwas Hooda||Sandeep Kumar Dhull|
|Patna Pirates||Pardeep Narwal||Vikas Jaglan||Tushar Patil||Jawahar|
|Tamil Thalaivas||Ajay Thakur||Manjeet Chhillar||Victor Onyango Obiero|
|Telugu Titans||Armaan||Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari||Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan||Krushna Madane|
|U Mumba||Fazel Atrachali||Rajaguru Subramanian||Arjun Deshwal|
|UP Yoddha||Amit||Sachin Kumar|
The Player Retention Policy for VIVO PKL Season VII has been strengthened in line with the objective of building squad continuity and stability. The Elite Player Retention cap has been increased from a maximum of 4 to a maximum of 6. Franchises can retain up to 6 Elite Players from either category A, B or C, with a maximum of two each from Category A and B, states the Press release.
Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, VIVO Pro Kabaddi said, “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, VIVO Pro Kabaddi League has consistently strengthened its Player Retention Policy to facilitate and augment squad continuity, to benefit players as well as their teams.”
Following the objective of building continuity, the League introduced a new category where a franchise can retain a New Young Players once his 2-year contract is completed under the “Retained Young Players” category. These Retained Young players are over and above the existing cap of 6 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. The Retained Young Players list would be revealed soon.