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Pro Kabaddi League concludes auction for season six

MUMBAI: Vivo Pro Kabaddi League successfully concluded the player auction in Mumbai. Day two was dominated by players and category-B stars, with franchises finding the perfect balance between experienced and young players to craft winning teams.

The first day of the auction saw the Rs 1 crore barrier breached six times with Monu Goyat leading the way to Vivo Pro Kabaddi history.

The top five players of the second day’s auction are Prashant Kumar Rai, sold for Rs 79 lakh to UP Yoddha, followed by Chandran Ranjit to Dabang Delhi for Rs 61.25 lakh. The third player in the list is Vikash Khandola bought by Haryana Steelers for Rs 47 lakh while Dharamraj Cheralathan went to UMumba for Rs 46 lakh. Vishal Mane will play for Dabang Delhi and earned Rs 45 lakh.

Speaking to, Bengal Warriors CEO Sandip Tarkas says that the team has managed to fill all the gaps which it had in the previous season and has also retained its strength. “We have retained some of our last year brands like Big Bazaar and Tasty Treats. We broke-even last season itself and covered all our cost. Coming season we are expecting higher expenses with the festive season starting at the time of season six. We are looking at 20-25 per cent increase in sponsorship this year.”

Tamil Thalaivas CEO Viren D’Silva told that its aim is consistency. “We are focusing on getting three strategic partners for a long term. We have started a residential academy for 70 students with free education, training and housing. We are not looking at this business as a break-even business, our objective is very clear, building the human kabaddi association. Money and profitability are the bi-products. Profitability is not far away. We have aggressive targets on revenue.”

Puneri Paltans boosted its raiding unit this year by buying Nitin Tomar. “We already have Force Motors as our title sponsor and the deal will continue till season seven of PKL. Our inventory apart from title sponsor is available currently which are almost nine spots. This season is going to be the break-even year for the franchise. We are in advance talks with some of the last year’s brands and will mostly close the deal with them,” said Puneri Paltans CEO Kailash Kandpal while speaking to us.

A total of 181 players were sold in the two days auction process.

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