File photo: Patna Pirates has released its star raider Pardeep Narwal ahead of Pro Kabaddi League 2021 auction. The Pro Kabaddi League
(PKL) is set to return after a year’s break due to Covid-19 pandemic. The 12 teams will begin to assemble their squads for the eighth season (PKL 2021) slated to take place in December. The non-retained players, including all squad players from PKL Seasons 6 and 7, will go under the hammer at the mega auctions in Mumbai from August 29 to 31.
Ahead of the much-awaited auction, teams have released some big players from their squad. Patna Pirates has released its star raider Pardeep Narwal while Tamil Thalaivas released its three kabaddi legends, Ajay Thakur, Rahul Chaudhary and Manjeet Chillar, among others. Thalaivas would look to buy new and in-form players as it failed to make any impression in previous two seasons.
The 12 teams have released 161 players in total, with the Bengal Warriors (16 out of 20) and Telugu Titans (15 out of 18) releasing the most.
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Other big players that have been released are Iran’s Meraj Sheykh (Dabang Delhi), Siddharth Desai (Telugu Titans), Sandeep Narwal (U Mumba), and Rishank Devadiga (UP Yoddha), among others. Among captains, Rohit Kumar (Bengaluru Bulls), Rohit Gulia (Gujarat Fortunegiants), Dharmaraj Cheralathan (Haryana Steelers), Deepak Hooda (Jaipur Pink Panthers) and Surjeet Singh (Puneri Paltan) failed to retain their place in their previous teams ahead of PKL 2021
The Patna Pirates is PKL’s most successful team, having won three times and being the only team to defend their title thrice. Apart from the incumbent champions Bengal Warriors, Jaipur Pink Panthers, U Mumba, and Bengaluru Bulls have won one title each.
Here is the full list of players released (teamwise):
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