Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction has everyone riled up for the event which will take place on May 30 and May 31 in Mumbai giving all the teams an opportunity to sign players they feel can take their team closer to winning the PKL 2018 title. PKL 2018 auction has introduced new rules for the Pro Kabaddi League teams to abide by where all the Pro Kabaddi League teams will be asked to submit a list of PKL 2018 retained players before the PKL 2018 auction. The rule states that all the Pro Kabaddi League teams can retain a maximum of 4 players from last season before the PKL 2018 auction and they can retain players during the PKL 2018 auctions as well by using their Final Bid Match option. The new strategy has been welcomed by the Pro Kabaddi League teams and while only 3 teams (U Mumba, Jaipur Pink Panthers, and UP Yoddha) have decided not to retain any player for this season, rest of the 9 teams have retained at least 1 player for the PKL 2018 season.
List of PKL 2018 retained Players
Prior to the PKL 2018 auctions, experts have fans have been left stunned at some of the decisions made by the Pro Kabaddi League teams as players like Rahul Chaudhari, Anup Kumar, Monu Goyat, Nitin Tomar, Vishal Bhardwaj are not part of the PKL 2018 retained players list and will be allowed to be auctioned on May 30 and May 31. While it may come as a strategy by the teams of using their Final Bid Match card to retain players who did well for them last season, but why not retain them at the first place? All the teams will jump on the opportunity of signing these star players and will not be afraid to bid higher than the average bidding sum. All the PKL 2018 teams have a budget of INR 4 Cr to play with at the auction and while Final bid Match seems a valid strategy at present, it can fire back and disrupt a team’s salary purse and their eventual PKL 2018 plans.
Among the players who are not part of PKL 6 retained players list the most sought-after will be Monu Goyat who had a sensational PKL Season 5 with 192 points. Other Pro Kabaddi League teams will be gunning to sign him at the PKL 2018 auction and there may come a time when Monu Goyat’s bidding price might even surpass Patna’s spending capability on that player. We shall wait and see, for now, let’s take a look at the PKL 2018 retained players list and who all were part of the elite players who were retained by the Pro Kabaddi League teams ahead of the PKL 2018 season. Same can be the case with Rahul Chaudhari as he is the best player in PKL history and he was not retained by the Telugu Titans which will indeed spark a bidding war at the PKL 2018 auction.
PKL Season 6 retained players List
PKL 2018 retained players retained by Gujarat Fortunegiants – Sachin, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, and Sunil Kumar
PKL 2018 retained players retained by Puneri Paltan – Sandeep Narwal, Rajesh Mondal, GB More and Girish Ernak
PKL 2018 retained players retained by Haryana Steelers – Kuldeep Singh
PKL 2018 retained players retained by Dabang Delhi – Meraj Sheykh
PKL 2018 retained players retained by Bengal Warriors – Surjeet Singh and Maninder Singh
PKL 2018 retained players retained by Patna Pirates – Pardeep Narwal, Jaideep, Jawahar Dagar and Manish Kumar
PKL 2018 retained players retained by Bengaluru Bulls – Rohit Kumar
PKL 2018 retained players retained by Telugu Titans – Nilesh Salunke and Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari
PKL 2018 retained players retained by Tamil Thalaivas – Ajay Thakur, Amit Hooda, and C Arun
Among the 12 PKl 2018 teams, U Mumba, UP Yoddha, and Jaipur Pink Panthers have not retained a single player for the PKL 2018 season and will build their team from the scratch. They can, however, use their 2 Final Bid Match options and sign 2 players from their PKL 2017 squads. PKl 2018 auction will pave the way for an exciting PKL Season 6 which is expected to be the best in tournament’s history till date.