New Delhi, Sep 1: The champions of the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League, Jaipur Pink Panthers spent a total of Rs 4.22 crores at the three-day bidding process of PKL Auction 2021, held in Mumbai on August 29, 30, and 31.
Jaipur Pink Panthers strengthened their squad which now comprises seven raiders, eight defenders, and three all-rounders. After a two-year gap due to the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming season of the PKL is set to get underway in December.
The New Young Players (NYP) draft was carried out on August 29, while the overseas and Category A players and Category A (domestic players) went under the hammer on August 30. The auction for the players in categories B, C, and D took place on August 31.
Over 190 players were sold to the 12 franchises teams with as many as 10 Final Bid Match (FBM) cards being used. The auction witnessed teams spend Rs 48.22 Cr in total, across the various categories of players being auctioned.
Category-B Raider, Arjun Deshwal, became the most expensive buy for the franchise as Pink Panthers placed a bid of Rs 96 lac for him. The raider - who was the surprise pick of the auction - almost became a millionaire as he ended up as the third-highest buy of the auction, after Pardeep Narwal (Rs 1.65 crore) and Siddharth Desai (Rs 1.30 crore).
The Jaipur-based franchise had already retained elite defenders Amit Hooda and Vishal before the auction process. The franchise also showed faith in young player Nitin Rawal.
Patna Pirates Full Squad, Total Money Spent, Purse Remaining ahead of the PKL 2021 Season:
Purse Amount: Rs 4.40 cr
Total Spent: Rs 3.87 cr
Remaining Purse: Rs 53.29 lac
Full squad composition after auction:
Jaipur Pink Panthers retained players:
Elite Retained Players
Amit Hooda - Defender
Vishal - Defender
Retained Young Players
Nitin Rawal - All Rounder
Existing New Young Players
Sachin Narwal - All-rounder
Pavan TR - Defender
Sushil Gulia - Raider
Elavarasan A - Defender
Players bought at the auction:
Shaul Kumar - Defender - Right Corner, Category-C - Rs 10 lac
Amit Nagar - Raider, Category-C - Rs 10 lac
Ashok - Raider, Category-C - Rs 10 lac
Amit - Defender - Right Cover, Category-C - Rs 20 lac
Arjun Deshwal - Raider, Category-B - Rs 96 lac
Naveen - Raider, Category-B - Rs 22 lac
Dharmaraj Cheralathan - Defender - Right And Left Corner, Category-B - Rs 20 lac
Sandeep Kumar Dhull - Defender - Left Corner, Category-A - Rs 45 lac
Deepak Niwas Hooda - All-Rounder, Category-A - Rs 55 lac
Amir Hossein Mohammadmaleki - Raider, Category-C - Rs 10 lac
Mohammad Amin Nosrati - Raider, Category-C - Rs 11 lac