PKL 10: Who are the owners of Haryana Steelers?
Haryana Steelers are one of the franchises which came into existence only in 2017. The team, unfortunately, couldn't do much right from the start. They had failed to make it to the playoffs so far and will be keen for a better season this time around.
The team is owned by JSW Sports. They are the "country's foremost sports firm that has mentored and supported India's finest athletes in the past decade". The team's home place is Haryana which is the ancient birthplace of kabaddi.
According to the Haryana Steelers' official website, the franchise stands for resilience, strength and tenacity.
JSW Sports has been established in 2012. JSW Sports is an integral part of the country's sporting culture, maximizing the potential of Indian athletes.
They are the sponsors for several champion teams like Bengaluru FC, and Delhi Capitals as well. They are also the sponsors for champion athletes like Neeraj Chopra, Jemimah Rodrigues, Bajrang Punia, and Sakshi Malik amongst others. JSW also owns Bengaluru Yodhas, a wrestling team that advanced to the semifinals of the first Pro Wrestling League, in addition to the kabaddi and football clubs.
In addition to all these, the Indian cricket team superstar and former captain Virat Kohli is one of the owners of the team.
The team is likely to buy a franchise in the Hockey India League as well.
The group also provide Sports Management Program for several athletes. At the moment, there are 49 athletes who are supported by the franchise.
Parth Jindal is the MD of JSW Cements and CEO of Bengaluru FC. He led the establishment of the Inspire Institute of Sport, the country's first privately-funded High-Performance Olympic Training Centre. He also serves as Chairman of JSW GMR Cricket Pvt Ltd, where he oversees the management of the Delhi IPL franchise.
On the other hand, Mustafa Ghouse is currently the CEO of JSW Sports and also serves as the COO of Bengaluru FC. He has served as a special invitee to the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Governing Body (GB). He is also engaged in working closely with national sports federations, SAI and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to empower Indian athletes to take the next big step in the international sports arena.
Manisha Malhotra is the Head of Sports Excellence & Scouting. She drives the JSW Sports' flagship Sports Excellence Program which provides a wide range of support to over 30 Indian athletes in various Olympic disciplines.
History of Haryana Steelers in PKL
Haryana Steelers are one of the teams which are yet to make it to the final. They have been inconsistent ever since the start of their PKL.
The team tasted success in the first season where they won 13 out of their 22 matches. They finished 3rd in Zone A but couldn't make it to the final.
However, their success was short-lived as the team failed miserably in the next season. They finished in the final spot of Zone A. They won six matches out of their 22 games.
In the seventh season, they made it to the Eliminators after finishing the league stage in the 5th spot. The team won 13 matches out of 22 games.
In the 2021/22 season, they finished seventh with 10 wins to their name. They failed to make it to the playoffs once again in the PKL 9. The team had 10 wins in their 22 matches.
The team's defence has been an issue right from their first season and was often criticised.
For the upcoming season, the team will look to revamp completely as they aim to win their first-ever Vivo Pro Kabaddi League. We will get to know before the auction regarding the players they retain.