With every season, the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is getting bigger and better, and with the terrific response to the sport at the 2018 Asian Games, the franchise-based league is gearing up for yet another season of exciting action.
After a successful outing at the Asian Games, all teams had their eyes on the Iranian players, and this season will see a record of 15 Iranians featuring in the league. Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh turned out to be the most sought after foreign player at the auction with the Bengal Warriors shelling out a whopping ₹ 77.75 lakh for the Iranian all-rounder.
The inclusion of more such talented and skilled players in the upcoming season will lead to a rise in the level of the competition, leading to the overall betterment of Indian kabaddi and kabaddi in general.
As we build-up to PKL season 7, here's a look at all the foreign players, some old, some new, who would be representing their sides in the upcoming competition.
Raider: Md. Masud Karim (U.P. Yoddha)
All-Rounder: Mohammad Shazid Hossain (Gujarat Fortune Giants)
Raider: Mohammad Taghi (Bengal Warriors), Abolfazl Maghsodloumahali (Gujarat Fortunegiants), Amirhossein Mohammad Maleki (Haryana Steelers), Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou Mahalli (Patna Pirates), Emad Sedaghatnia (Puneri Paltan)
Defender: Saeid Ghaffari (Dabang Delhi K.C.), Hadi Tajik (Puneri Paltan), Milad Sheibak (Tamil Thalaivas), Abozar Mohajermighani (Telugu Titans), Fazel Atrachali (U Mumba)
All-Rounder: Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibaksh (Bengal Warriors), Meraj Sheykh (Dabang Delhi K.C.), Hadi Oshtorak (Patna Pirates), Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan (Telugu Titans), Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari (U.P. Yoddha)
All-Rounder: Victor Onyango Obeiro (Tamil Thalaivas)
Raider: Lal Mohar Yadav (Bengaluru Bulls)
All-Rounder: Sanjay Shrestha (Bengaluru Bulls)
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Raider: Jang Kun Lee (Patna Pirates), Dong Geon Lee (U Mumba)
Defender: Young Chang Ko (U Mumba)
All-Rounder: Dong Gyu Kim (Jaipur Pink Panthers)
Raider: Milinda Chathuranga (Jaipur Pink Panthers)
All-Rounder: Tin Phonchoo (Haryana Steelers)
All-Rounder: Dewitt Jennings (Telugu Titans)Published 29 Jun 2019, 23:22 IST