Star Sports has started warming up for the Pro Kabaddi League season as Indian Premier League 2018 is heading for an end. The faces of the Star Sports cricket team led the first IPL to PKL transition in the studios in Mumbai.
Brett Lee, Irfan Pathan and Darren Sammy for a while dropped the commentary mics to dress up in the kabaddi attire for an exciting challenge game. It all happened as a prelude to the Pro Kabaddi League auction next week – May 30 and 31.
The three players built their teams with junior kabaddi stars and played against each other. All three of them had a great time experiencing kabaddi, Darren Sammy who was playing kabaddi for the first time said, “I have watched Kabaddi on television and wondered why they kept saying Kabaddi Kabaddi and today I finally know, I would love for Kabaddi to be played back home, because the game is so exciting and gives the player an adrenaline rush.”
Talking about the similarity between Cricket and Kabaddi, Irfan Pathan said, “Playing a game of Kabaddi is very similar to playing a T20 match, there is something new happening every second and playing the game gives you a high altogether, especially when a raid is successful and the player is out.”
The VIVO Pro Kabaddi League player auctions, are scheduled to take place on the 30th and 31st of May 2018 in Mumbai and will witness teams strategizing to build their strongest teams.
A total of 422 players are drafted into the auction pool of which 58 are Overseas players and 87 are players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes Programme (FKH), a nationwide talent scouting programme. The auctions will witness player representation from 14 other countries including Iran, Bangladesh, Japan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Sri Lanka.
The kabaddi action involving the three cricket stars was broadcast in English and Hindi on Star Sports network channels on Wednesday.