All Pro Kabaddi League franchises have raised quite a few eyebrows with their retentions ahead of the PKL Auction, scheduled to take place from August 29 to 31.
Three-time PKL champions Patna Pirates have let go of their skipper Pardeep Narwal, while the Tamil Thalaivas have released the trio of Ajay Thakur, Manjeet Chhillar and Rahul Chaudhari.
Defending PKL champions Bengal Warriors decided against retaining seasoned pros like Jeeva Kumar and Sukesh Hegde, whereas two-time PKL runners-up Gujarat Fortunegiants released star players Rohit Gulia and Sachin Tanwar.
PKL Season 6 winners Bengaluru Bulls released their former captain Rohit Kumar. Ravinder Pahal (Dabang Delhi KC), Siddharth Desai (Telugu Titans), Rishank Devadiga (UP Yoddha), Dharmaraj Cheralathan (Haryana Steelers), Deepak Hooda (Jaipur Pink Panthers), Nitin Tomar (Puneri Paltan) and Sandeep Narwal (U Mumba) are some of the other big names that have returned to the auction pool.
PKL 2021 Auction released players by team
Here is the complete list of all players released by the 12 PKL franchises before the season eight auction.
Rishank Devadiga, Surender Singh, Ashish Nagar, Amit, Akram Shaikh, Gurdeep, Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Narender, Sachin Kumar, Shrikant Jadhav, Monu Goyat, Masud Karim, Ankush, Azad Singh, Gulveer Singh.
Arjun Deshwal, Athul MS, Dong Geon Lee, Gaurav Kumar, Rohit Baliyan, Vinoth Kumar, Mohit Baliyan, Rajaguru Subramanian, Harsh Vardhan, Anil, Young Chang Ko, Surinder Singh, Sandeep Narwal.
Palle Mallikarjun, Vishal Bhardwaj, Arun, Krushna Madne, Abozar Mohajermighani, Armaan, Farhad Milaghardan, Siddharth Desai, Sooraj Desai, Amit Kumar, Kamal Singh, Mula Siva Ganesh Reddy.
Rahul Chaudhari, Ajeet, Ponparthiban Subramanian, Mohit Chhillar, Arif Robbani, Manjeet Chhillar, Hemant Chauhan, Ran Singh, Victor Obiero, Ajay Thakur, Anand, Shabeer Bappu, Ajith Kumar, Vineet Sharma, Yashwant Bishnoi.
Nitin Tomar, Deepak Yadav, Surjeet Singh, Shubham Shinde, Girish Maruti Ernak, Amit Kumar, Sagar Krishna, Sandeep, Amit Kumar, Darshan Kadian, Emad Sedaghatnia, Manjeet, Sriram, Sushant Sail.
Pardeep Narwal, Jaideep, Jwahar, Amit Kumar, Hadi Oshtorak, Ravinder, Vikas Jaglan, Ashish, Jang Kun Lee, Mohammad Esmaeil, Naveen, Purna Singh, Mahendra Choudhary.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Ajinkya Pawar, Karamvir, Sandeep Dhull, Sunil Siddhgavali, Deepak Hooda, Dong Gyu Kim, Santhapanaselvam, Deepak Narwal, Guman Singh, Lokesh Kaushik, Milinda Chaturanga, Nilesh Salunke.
Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Ravi Kumar, Vikas Kale, Sunil, Parveen, Subash Narwal, Vikram Kandola, Kuldeep Singh, Amirhossein Maleki, Arun Kumar HN, Naveen, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Selvamani K., Tin Phonchoo.
Abolfazl Maghsodloumahali, Ruturaj Koravi, Pankaj, Shazid Hossain, Vinod Kumar, Rohit Gulia, Gurvinder Singh, Lalit Chaudhary, More GB, Sachin Tanwar, Sonu, Amit Kharb.
Dabang Delhi KC
Aman Kadian, Chandran Ranjit, Anil Kumar, Saeid Ghaffari, Satywan, Sombir, Meraj Sheykh, Sumit Kumar, Joginder Narwal, Vishal Mane, Pratik Patil, Ravinder Pahal.
Rohit Kumar, Mahender Singh, Aman, Sandeep, Ajay, Ankit, Ashish Kumar, Sanjay Shreshtha, Lal Mohar Yadav, Sumit Singh, Vinod Kumar, Rajulal Choudhary, Vijay Kumar.
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