These stars went unsold at the auction but can now be part of the league thanks to the new rule.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a new rule has been introduced ahead of the new Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season. The name of the rule is Corona Contingency Players, according to which franchises can make special additions to their squad. The auction for the eighth edition of PKL already took place in August 2021. However, many players went unsold by the end of it. However, these players have come back into contention following the introduction of the Corona Contingency Players rule.
According to the Corona Contingency Players stipulation, the outfits will have a great opportunity to add these unsold players in their rosters. Each team can sign up to two extra players and they will be classified separately from the main team. These individuals, when signed, will get a chance to practice with the team. Although, they cannot be a part of the playing lineup until one of the players is tested COVID-19 positive.
Here is a look at the players who are part of the Corona Contingency Players list ahead of the PKL’s new season:
Ran Singh (Bengal Warriors)
Singh remained unsold during the auction, which was a surprise because he is a great all-round player. He was representing Tamil Thalaivas last season when he scored 46 points. His unimpressive performances in the previous campaign was the factor behind the lack of interest in him during the auction.
However, acting on the Corona Contingency Players rule, Bengal Warriors have included Ran Singh into their setup.
Vishal Mane (Bengal Warriors)
The second player signed by Bengal Warriors from the Corona Contingency Players list in Vishal Mane. He is a strong right-cover defender but has not been very impressive lately, which is why he went unsold at the auction. Vishal was playing for Dabang Delhi in the previous campaign where he scored 27 tackle points in 23 appearances. The Warriors have made notable signings thanks to this rule, thereby reinforcing their backup options.
Sudhakar Kadam (Haryana Steelers)
Kadam plays as a left-cover defender. He was impressive for Maharashtra in the senior nationals tournament. Thanks to these performances, Rakesh Kumar, the head coach of the Steelers has chosen him to be a part of the team. The Corona Contingency Players rule has given the defender a good opportunity.
Bintu Narwal (UP Yoddha)
Narwal is an all-rounder and a great asset for any team. He was part of Patna Pirates during PKL season 7. Although he has not enjoyed much playing time in the league, Narwal has a gold medal from the University Games.
UP Yoddha are a strong outfit and Narwal’s inclusion as one of the Corona Contingency Players provides them with a decent backup option.
Ankush Rathi (Bengaluru Bulls)
Rathi is a great defensive option for the left-corner position. He has showcased his talent on numerous occasions at the Senior National Championships for Chandigarh and All-India Championship for ONGC. The head coach of the Bulls, Randhir Singh Sehrawat, often scouts these tournaments for gifted players. Thanks to Ankush’s decent performances in these tournaments, Sehrawat made him a part of his team in the forthcoming season.
Manuj Bura (Patna Pirates)
Bura is a right corner defender by trade. He was a decent performer for Choudhary Chajuram Academy in the recent K-7 kabaddi tournament. Looking at his solid performance from the tournament, Ram Mehr Singh (head-coach of the Pirates) decided to opt for the defender as part of the Corona Contingency Players rule.