PKL Season 10: Retained and Released Players of Bengaluru Bulls
Two-time Pro Kabaddi League Finalists and 1-time Champions Bengaluru Bulls shocked everyone after releasing their retained and released player list ahead of the PKL Auction for its ground breaking season 10.
Player auction for PKL's 10th edition is slated for 2 days - 8th and 9th September at Mumbai while the brand new season will start exactly 3 months after the auctions from December 7 onwards.
Every team in the league have started plotting their strategies and have also released the retained and non-retained player list. Season 6 champions Bengaluru Bulls after finishing 3rd last term with 74 points will be aiming to strengthen their squad by adding fresh new players in the team.
As we all know, there are 3 categories in which player retention has been divided. The 1st being category being the Elite Retained players (ERP), then the Retained Young players list (RYP) and finally the Existing new Young players list (ENYP).
And out of everyone's expectation, Bengaluru Bulls head coach Randhir Singh Sehrawat dropped a major bombshell when decided against retaining the services of raider Vikash Kandola, whom they bought last year for a record breaking franchise fee of INR 1.7 Crores, making him the 2nd most expensive player after Pawan Sehrawat.
He was the captain of Bengaluru Bulls last season but had an ordinary season, scoring 135 raid points in 24 matches. It will be interesting to see if the Bulls management use their Final Bid Match (FBM) card to welcome Kandola back once again.
If we talk about the South India based franchise's retained players list then they have kept only 5 players in their team from last season. Raider Neeraj Narwal who scored only 92 raid points last year has been given the nod in the Elite Player list.
PKL 9's second best raider, Bharat Hooda who scored 279 raid points in 23 matches is included in the Retained young players list along with Defender Saurabh Nandal who amassed 72 tackle points in 24 matches.
In the final category of Existing New Young Players list, the Bulls have retained 2 young and solid defenders - Aman Antil and Yash Hooda.
After finishing 3rd last year, Bengaluru Bulls bowed out of Semi-final 1 against Jaipur Pink Panthers by 49-29 after beating Dabang Delhi K.C in Eliminator 1 by 56-24.