The Pro Kabaddi League 2017 season is set to be something that we have never seen before. The timeline of the competition, scheduled for a July start, is three months, but it will feature more than 130 matches!
No other Indian franchisee league -- be it the Indian Premier League (IPL) or the Indian Super League (ISL) -- has attempted anything like this, ever.
Four teams have been added to the existing eight teams and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who is also the co-owner of ISL side Kerala Blasters, has invested on a Pro Kabaddi team from Chennai.
The auction for the 12 teams takes place Monday May 22, and we can't but feel that the top raiders, defenders and all-rounders may be looking at relishing being a part of Tendulkar's team.
"I enjoyed a lot of support from Chennai during my playing days. The city is dear to me," mentioned the cricket legend.
"If my presence helps the league (in increasing its profile), I will be happy about that."
Top 10 players going under the hammer in the auction:
- Mohit Chhillar
- Manjeet Chhillar
- Fazel Atrachali
- Rishank Devadiga
- Rohit Kumar
- Rajesh Narwal
- Shabeer Bapu
- Jasvir Singh
- Rakesh Narwal
- Fazel Atrachali
Pro Kabaddi League 2017 teams: At a glance
|Team name||City||Owners / Co-owner|
|Patna Pirates||Patna, Bihar||Rajesh V Shah|
|Jaipur Pink Panthers||Jaipur, Rajasthan||Abhishek Bachchan|
|U Mumba||Mumbai||Ronnie Screwvala|
|Dabang Delhi||Delhi||Radha Kapoor|
|Telugu Titans||Hyderabad||Veera Sports|
|Puneri Paltan||Pune||Insurekot Sports|
|Bengaluru Bulls||Bangalore||Kosmik Global Media|
|Bengal Warriors||Kolkata||Kishore Biyani|
|TBD||Uttar Pradesh||GMR Group|
Pro Kabaddi League 2017 auction: At a glance
|Telugu Titans||Rahul Chaudhari|
|Patna Pirates||Pardeep Narwal|
|Bengaluru Bulls||Ashish Sangwan|
|U Mumba||Anup Kumar|
|Bengal Warriors||Jang Kun Lee|
|Dabang Delhi||Meyraj Sheykh|
|Puneri Paltan||Deepak Hooda|
|Jaipur Pink Panthers||None|