The Pro Kabaddi League 2023 is just around the corner, and the anticipation is building as fans eagerly await the upcoming auction for PKL 10. This year's auction holds a special allure, primarily due to the availability of several star players who are expected to fetch significant price tags. With only a few days remaining, all the franchises have commenced their preparations for what promises to be an enthralling bidding war.
In a departure from previous seasons, franchises have had to carefully manage their purse amounts. The retention process played a pivotal role in this adjustment, as players retained from the previous season had their values deducted from the initial INR 5 Crore allocation. As a result, some teams find themselves in a more favourable financial position than others.
Leading the pack in terms of remaining purse amount are Bengal Warriors, Gujrat Giants, Telugu Titans, Haryana Steelers, and Dabang Delhi KC. These franchises have managed to preserve a substantial portion of their budget and are poised to make strategic acquisitions. Their sights are set on coveted players like Pawan Sehrawat, Maninder Singh, Fazel Atrachali, Shadlu, and Siddharth Desai, who are expected to command hefty price tags.
In contrast, the reigning champions, Jaipur Pink Panthers, have retained most of their core players from the previous season, leaving them with a limited 87 lakhs. This limited budget will undoubtedly pose a challenge as they seek to bolster their squad. Nonetheless, their team appears to be well-rounded and ready for the upcoming season, making them a formidable force to contend with.
Another team to keep an eye on is Puneri Paltan, who possess a solid raiding department and a decent purse amount of 3 Crores. Their focus in the auction is likely to shift towards acquiring experienced defenders, thereby ensuring a balanced lineup for the competition ahead.
Here's a quick rundown of the remaining purse amounts for all the participating teams:
- Bengal Warriors: 4.22 Crores
- Gujarat Giants: 4.02 Crores
- Telugu Titans: 3.46 Crores
- Haryana Steelers: 3.16 Crores
- Dabang Delhi KC: 3.12 Crores
- Patna Pirates: 3.09 Crores
- Puneri Paltan: 2.98 Crores
- Bengaluru Bulls: 2.95 Crores
- U Mumba: 2.69 Crores
- Tamil Thalaivas: 2.55 Crores
- UP Yoddhas: 2.06 Crores
- Jaipur Pink Panthers: 87 Lakhs
As the PKL 10 auction draws nearer, the stakes are higher than ever. Franchise owners, coaches, and fans alike will be holding their breath as they witness the strategies unfold. Who will secure the most sought-after players, and how will each team shape its roster for the upcoming Pro Kabaddi League season? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain – the excitement and drama of the auction will be a spectacle to behold. Stay tuned for more updates as we inch closer to the electrifying PKL 10.