Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Tendulkar, Adani among owners of four new PKL franchises

Tendulkar, Adani among owners of four new PKL franchises

The announcement of the four new teams - names yet to be decided - from Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana - was made by Mashal Sports, organizer and administrator of the league and its parent organization STAR India today.

Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) has roped in top corporate houses including Adani Group, GMR Group, JSW Group, as well as Sachin Tendulkar and Inquest Enterprises as promoters for four new teams ahead of its upcoming fifth season.

Adani Wilmar Ltd will be the company under which the Adani Group will own the PKL team.

The Chennai team will be owned by a partnership of Indian cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar and entrepreneur N Prasad. Last month, the broadcaster had initiated the tender process to increase the number of teams to 12 from the current eight.

Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO, Star India said, "I am delighted to welcome some of India's finest corporates to our Mission Kabaddi". Star India, the official broadcaster of the league, owns a 74% stake in PKL.

Delhi Daredevils win toss, opt to bowl against Gujarat Lions
The Delhi Daredevils are not in contention for a playoff spot, but the young team will want to finish the season on a high. When their 61-run stand, for the seventh wicket, finally ended in the 19th over, the deficit stood at just 14 off 10.

Meanwhile, Janardan Singh Gehlot, the president of the International Kabaddi Federation quipped, "We laud Star India and Mashal Sports for uniquely transforming and renewing kabaddi". The competition will have more than 130 matches held over 13 weeks.

Chinese handset maker Vivo Electronics Corp. on Monday acquired the title sponsorship rights for the Pro Kabaddi League for five years.

Pro Kabaddi will have four new teams in the fifth edition due to be played from July to October this year. The deal is valued at Rs300 crore.

This expansion adds to the line-up of eight franchises based out of major metros in the country - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Patna, Pune and Jaipur.

PKL has seen a phenomenal growth over the last four seasons with packed stadia and record viewership numbers, emerging as a benchmark for sports leagues in India.

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