The Pro Kabaddi League will return in 2021 for its eighth season. A notable number of overseas players were acquired on the second day of the Pro Kabaddi League's 2021 auction. The auction had a total of 8 Bangladeshi participants. Three Bangladeshi players were picked at the auction by three different franchise teams. Previously, a notable number of Bangladeshi players competed in the Indian professional kabaddi competition. However, this will be the first season in which three Bangladeshi players participate in a single season. Take a look at which Bangladesh players were acquired in the Pro Kabaddi League 2021 auction.
Bangladesh Players in Pro Kabaddi League 2021
There were eight Bangladeshis on the auction list, which included 442 players from all around the world. The Pro-Kabaddi auction this time had the most number of Bangladeshi participants. The majority of the players were separated into three groups: 'A, B, and C.' New players, on the other hand, were not included in any of the categories. All-rounder Zakir Hossain, defender Ziaur Rahman, Sabuj Mia, Tuhin Tarafdar, and Monirul Islam were all put in the 'C' category. Raiders Arduzzaman, Hasan Ali, and Masood Karim were in the 'C' category. A maximum budget of Rs 4 crore was available to each side for player acquisition.
Among the Bangladeshi players, Tuhin Tarafdar, Masud Karim, and Ziaur Rahman were all purchased by three pro-kabaddi teams on day 2 of the auction.
The three players picked during the auction are as follows:
Ziaur Rahman, Bengaluru Bulls (INR 12.20 Lacs)
Bengaluru Bulls paid INR 12.20 lacs for Ziaur Rahman. The basic price for defender Ziaur Rahman was ten lakh rupees. He will be joined by a slew of world-class players in Bengaluru's team.
Tuhin Tarafdar, Tamil Thalaivas (INR 10 Lacs)
Young defender Tuhin Tarafdar was purchased for INR 10 lacs by Tamil Thalaivas. He was a player in the ‘C' category.
Md Masud Karim, UP Yoddha(INR 10 Lacs)
Veteran Raider Masud Karim was purchased by UP Yoddha for a basic fee of INR 10 lacs. He was a part of the same team in the previous edition of the Pro Kabaddi League.
Pro Kabaddi League 2021: Meet the Teams
The Pro Kabaddi competition is an Indian professional franchise-based Kabaddi league. It was founded in 2014 with the goal of spreading the game throughout India. The T20 format Indian Premier League inspired the format of the competition.
The Pro Kabaddi League 2021 will include a total of 12 teams.Bengal Warriors (Kolkata), Bengaluru Bulls (Bengaluru), Dabang Delhi KC (Delhi), Gujarat Giants (Ahmedabad), Haryana Steelers (Sonipat), Jaipur Pink Panthers (Jaipur), Patna Pirates (Patna Ranchi), PuneriPaltan(Pune), Tamil Thalaivas (Chennai), Telugu Titans (Hyderabad Vizag), U Mumba (Mumbai), and UP Yoddha (Lucknow).
Patna Pirates are the most successful franchise team in the league. They have won the league three times in a row. Their most recent championship was in 2017. Bengaluru Bulls, Bengal Warriors, Jaipur Pink Panthers, and U Mumba all have won one league title. The defending champion is the Bengal Warriors.
The presence of Bangladeshi players in the Pro Kabaddi League 2021 would increase the interest of Bangladeshi fans in the league. Bangladeshi players will be able to showcase their potential if they are given regular opportunities to play. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to improve their skills by playing against top opponents on a regular basis. The launch of a professional kabaddi league in India has already proven to be a success. The development of Kabaddi in Bangladesh requires government support. In this respect, professional Kabaddi League may be an ideal option.