Top highlights from the Pro Kabaddi Season 9 Player Auctions – Day 1 

  • 30 players sold for a total of INR 18.11 crore on Day 1 of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 9 Player Auction 
  • Fazel Atrachali once again acquired for INR 1 crore, after being acquired by Puneri Paltan for INR 1.38 Crore 
  • Guman Singh was the surprise pick of the auction; being bought for a whopping INR 1.21 crore by U Mumba 
  • Among the Category A players, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat emerged as the highest bid, attracting an amount of INR 2.26 Crore from the Tamil Thalaivas 

Pawan Kumar Sehrawat emerged as the most expensive buy on Day 1 of the Mashal Sports-organized Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 9 Player Auctions held in Mumbai on Friday, 5th August 2022. Meanwhile, Guman Singh emerged as the most expensive Category B player at the Pro Kabaddi League Player Auction, being bought for a whopping INR 1.21 crore by U Mumba

This Player Auction also witnessed a jump in the 1 crore club from two players in the last Player Auction to four players. Pardeep Narwal and Siddharth Desai were part of the 1 crore club last time, while Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Vikash Khandola, Fazel Atrachali and Guman Singh were part of the 1 crore club in today’s Player Auction. 

A total of 30 players were sold to the 12 franchise teams with as many as 4 Final Bid Match (FBM) cards being used on Day 1. The auction witnessed teams spend INR 18.11 Cr on Day 1, across the various categories of players being auctioned. 

PKL stars continue to dominate 

The highlight of the auction was Pawan Kumar Sehrawat smashing the all-time record after he was bought by Tamil Thalaivas for a whopping sum of INR 2.26 crore. Meanwhile, Vikash Khandola found a new home in Bengaluru Bulls after he was bought for INR 1.70 crore (a record he held till Pawan Kumar Sehrawat was bid). The raider became the second most expensive buy ever in the vivo Pro Kabaddi League Player Auction history. Pardeep Narwal returned to the UP Yoddha side after the franchisee used the Final Bid Match (FBM) Card at INR 90 lakh. 

Iranians in demand 

The Iranian kabaddi legend Fazel Atrachali broke the record for the most expensive defender and overseas player ever after being acquired by Puneri Paltan for INR 1.38Cr. Atrachali held both the records previously when he was picked by U Mumba for INR 1 crore in the 2018 vivo Pro Kabaddi League Player Auction. While his compatriot, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakgsh was acquired by Puneri Paltan for INR 87 lakh. 

Speaking on behalf of Mashal Sports, CEO, Sports League, Disney Star and League Commissioner, Pro Kabaddi League, Mr.Anupam Goswami said, “It was a fabulous day for all the teams on Day 1 of the player auctions. All the franchisees strategized well and we saw some great bids happen today. We have a lot of action coming up tomorrow and I hope all the teams will be able to build their desired squads.” 

TOP 5 Category A players on Day 1 

NameCountryContracted amount Team  
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat India 2.26 crore Tamil Thalaivas 
Vikash Khandola India 1.7 crore Bengaluru Bulls  
Fazel Atrachali Iran 1.38 crore Puneri Paltan 
Pardeep Narwal  India 90 lakh (FBM) UP Yoddha 
Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakgsh Iran 87 lakh Puneri Paltan 

TOP 5 Category B players on Day 1 of PKL 9 Auction

Name Position Contracted amount Team 
Guman Singh Raider 1.21 crore U Mumba 
Sunil Kumar Defender 90 lakh Jaipur Pink Panthers 
Ashish Raider 45 lakh U Mumba 
Nitin Rawal All-rounder 37.5 lakh Haryana Steelers 
Surinder Singh Defender 35.5 lakh U Mumba 

Total amount spent by teams until end of Day 1 

Sr No. Teams Total amount (INR) 
Bengal Warriors 2.79 crore 
Bengaluru Bulls 3.29 crore 
Dabang Delhi KC 3.05 crore 
Gujarat Giants  1.31 crore 
Haryana Steelers  2.24 crore 
Jaipur Pink Panthers 3.20 crore 
Patna Pirates 3.60 crore 
Puneri Paltan 3.96 crore 
Tamil Thalaivas  3.83 crore 
10 Telugu Titans 3.35 crore 
11 U Mumba 3.07 crore 
12 UP Yoddha 3.38 crore 

Mashal Sports and Disney Star, in collaboration with the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), have built PKL into a successful sports league. It has the largest number of matches for any national league in India. PKL has transformed the image of India’s indigenous sport of Kabaddi and its athletes nationally as well as across the world. Several Kabaddi-playing nations have strengthened their domestic Kabaddi programs because of the participation of their players in PKL. 

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