It is that time of the year when the kabaddi fans gather up to understand what their team’s complexion for the coming season looks like. Yes, you have guessed it right, we now have the auction list for the Pro Kabaddi League season 10.
The fans have been waiting patiently for several months to get a whiff of when the new season will start, and the announcement of the auction list for PKL 10 is definitely the start of the same.
However, the auction list for the upcoming PKL season has been a curveball in itself. It has seen some of the shocking revelations being made ahead of the season. Some of the nastiest superstars of their respective teams have been released, while some shadowed players have been retained.
So, without wasting any more time, let us dive into the Pro Kabaddi League 2023 Auction List.
PKL 2023 Auction: Full List of released and retained players in Pro Kabaddi 2023
Across the 12 teams that partake in the tournament, only a handful of 84 players have been retained by their respective sides ahead of the mega auction that will take place in the upcoming months.
These players are divided into three different categories. The first category is the Elite Retained players, followed by Retained Young Players, and then the Existing New Young Players.
In these categories, 22 players have been retained in the ERPs, 24 in the RYP, and 38 in the ENYP. This means that many big stars are going under the hammer. So, let’s find out which team has retained which player. And what all superstars are expected to undergo the hammer.
Patna Pirates retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: Sachin, Neeraj Kumar
Retained young players: Manish
Existing young players: Thiyagarajan Yuvaraj, Naveen Sharma, Ranjit Venkatramana Naik, Anuj Kumar
The first team on our list is the Patna Pirates. And they have made some very bold moves ahead of the PKL 2023 Auction. According to the report published, the Patna team has retained their captain Neeraj Kumar and raider Sachin Tanwar in the Elite player category.
Further, they have retained Manish in the Young player category, while Yuvraj, Naveen Sharma, Ranjit, and Anuj Kumar are the existing young players retained. This means that they have ousted their star right corner and the heart of their defense, Mohammadreza Shadloui.
The Iranian defender was in a different mood last season, and it comes as a shock to see him being released from the squad. It is obvious that the team will do everything in its prowess to buy back their fan-favorite player.
UP Yoddhas retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: – Pardeep Narwal, Nitesh Kumar
Retained young players: – Sumit, Ashu Singh, Surender Gill
Existing young players: Anil Kumar, Mahipal
When the retained list of the UP Yoddhas was released, nobody was surprised to see that one name on it. And that name was none other than Pardeep Narwal. He has been the heart of the tournament for several years now.
Before becoming part of the Yoddhas, he was a part of the Patna Pirates and performed miracles for them. Although he was not able to replicate the performance in the UP colors, still the Haryanvi raider will be looking to have a better season in the upcoming PKL 10.
Other than Pardeep, the Yoddhas also retained Nitesh Kumar, who is another reliable figure in the ranks. Apart from these two, there is Ashu Singh, Surender Gill, and Anil Kumar, who will be returning to the team for sure.
The rest will be a complete makeover for Yoddhas, who will be looking to build a powerful squad in the PKL 2023 Auction.
Bengal Warriors retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: –
Retained young players: –
Existing young players: Vaibhav Bhausaheb Garje, R Guhan, Suyon Baban Gaikar, Prashant Kumar
There have been shocking changes made by the Bengal Warriors heading into the Auction of PKL 10. Despite having so many superstars on their side, they have decided not to retain any of them. Instead, they have wiped the slate clean and are ready to start from scratch again.
What surprised everyone was the fact that they had decided to let go of their captain, the Mighty Maninder Singh. The player has been a part of the team since PKL 7 and is consistently performing for them.
They could have kept him in the mix and, with his firepower in the raiding department, made a team around his experience. However, they have not seen that as an option and cleared out their squad.
Although they have managed to retain four players in the existing new player category, it will be a tough task for them to rebuild without any core in the team.
Bengaluru Bulls retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: Neeraj Narwal
Retained young players: – Bharat, Saurabh Nandal
Existing young players: Yash Hooda
Another shock has been delivered by the Bulls, who have decided against retaining their captain and marquee player Vikash Kandola. He was bought by them at the hefty price of 1.7 crores and underperformed the value on several levels in the PKL 9.
Unlike Bengal, the Bulls have maintained their core strength in the team by retaining the likes of Neeraj Narwal, Bharat Hooda, and Saurabh Nandal in the form of marquee players. They have also retained Yash Hoods as a young player. So, they have a base, to begin with and will be looking to form a strong team around these four players.
Jaipur Pink Panthers retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: Sunil Kumar, Arjun Deshwal, Ajith Kumar V, Reza Mirbhageri, Bhavani Rajput, Sahul Kumar
Retained young players: –
Existing young players: Ankush, Abhishek KS, Ashish, Devank
The inaugural and reining champions have not followed the script set by the other bigger teams. They have not made any clear out in their squad, hence, they have managed to retain the core of the team.
This core includes the like of their captain Sunil Kumar, raider Arjun Deshwal, Ajith Kumar, Bhavani Rajput, Sahul Kumar and the Iranian Mirbhageri. Furthermore, they have also managed to retain their youngster like Ankush, Abhishek, Ashish, and Devank.
It will be interesting to see what approach Jaipur Pink Panthers adhere to in the PKL 2023 Auction. They have a base squad to begin with and can build on it to make another champions’ team.
Tamil Thalivas retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: Ajinkya Pawar
Retained young players: Sagar, Himanshu, M Abhishek, Sahil, Mohit, Aashish
Existing young players: Narender, Himanshu, Jatin
One of the dark horses of PKL 9 is out, and nobody is surprised to see the list of players they have decided to retain in their squad for the upcoming Pro Kabaddi season.
In the last auction, they splurged 2.26 cr on Pawan Sehrawat, making him the most expensive player in the history of Pro Kabaddi League. However, the player was injured in the very first game of the season, leaving his team in tandem.
The team still managed to do wonders in the season, courtesy of the youth squad that stepped up. The likes of Narender Kandola, Himanshu, Ajith Pawar, and Sagar took charge of the situation to ensure that their team reached the playoff for the first time in the history of the team.
Now, the team has shown faith in them by retaining them for another season. Their squad has the likes of Ajinkya Pawar as an Elite player. Then Sagar, Himanshu, M Abhishek, Sahil, Mohit, and Aashish were retained as young players. And Narender, Himanshu and Jatin as existing young players.
They have the firepower of a youngster, and now they will be looking to onboard some senior players in the Pro Kabaddi 2023 Auction to complete their setup.
Puneri Paltan retained players list for PKL 10
Elite players: Abhinesh Nadarajan, Gaurav Khatri
Retained young players: Sanket Sawant, Pankaj Mohite, Aslam Inamdar, Mohit Goyat, Akash Shinde
Existing young players: Badal Singh, Aditya Shinde
Last year’s finalist, Puneri Paltan, has made some bold choices ahead of the PKL 10 auction. They have decided to drop their captain and commander-in-chief, the Iranian Sultan, Fazel Atrachali. Along with that, they have also sacked Nabibaksh, a compatriot of Fazel.
The only valid reason behind this choice could be the aging factor with Fazel. Although he became the most successful defender in the history of the league last season, there have been some concerns with his fitness. This was seen in the recent Kabaddi Asian Championship, in which the Iranian team was without Fazel.
However, there are very few people in the game who can strategize better than him. Hence, leaving him out is a huge gamble, and it will be interesting to see how Paltan plays their cards moving forward.
Coming to players retained by Puneri Paltan, there are a few big names in the mix. Starting with Aslam Inamdar, Akash Shinde, and Mohit Goyat. Further, they have Gaurav and Abhinesh in the Elite player list. While Badal and Aditya as young players.
Dabang Delhi retained players list for PKL 10
Elite players: –
Retained young players: Naveen Kumar
Existing young players: Vijay, Manjeet, Ashish Narwal, Suraj Panwar
Dabang Delhi has not lost the script like other teams. They have retained their talismanic raider, Naveen Kumar. Along with him, they have also managed to get hold of Vijay and Manjeet, who have delivered for them over the past few seasons.
However, with just 4 players retained, they have left the slate clean to build a good enough squad that will pose some serious contention for the Pro kabaddi league’s season 10 title.
Telugu Titans retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: – Parvesh Bhainswal
Retained young players: – Rajnish
Existing young players: – Mohit, Nitin, Vijay
After the woeful season of Pro Kabaddi League 9, the Tamil Thalivas are ready for a complete revamp, and it starts with them releasing their superstar, Siddharth Desai. Yes, the Bahubali has been released by the Titans ahead of the PKL 10 auction.
They have still managed to retain some of the players in the form of Parvesh Bhainswal, and Rajnish. Along with the young brigade of Mohit, Nitin, and Vijay. It will be interesting to see how they manage to build a team around these players.
Haryana Steelers retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: K Prapanjan
Retained young players: Vinay, Jaideep, Mohit
Existing young players: Naveen, Monu, Harsh, Sunny
The Steelers had a hot and cold season, following which they decided to clear out their raiding department. As a result, Manjeet, Meetu, and Rakesh Narwal are all set to go under the hammer.
Furthermore, veteran Joginder Singh and Amirhossein Bastami are also facing the same fate. They, too, have been let go and will be featuring in the Pro Kabaddi auction for season 10.
K Prapanjan finds his place in the squad, along with Vinay, Jaydeep, and Mohit. Who will be joined by the young brigade of Naveen, Monu, Harsh, and Sunny? The Haryana Steelers have a great opportunity to build a strong squad in the coming auction.
Gujarat Giants retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: Manuj, Sonu
Retained young players: Rakesh
Existing young players: Rohan Singh, Parteek Dahiya
The Giants will be expecting to be back with a bang as they bestow the opportunity on their two raiders, Parteek Dahiya and Rakesh Sargoya, to take them over the line in season 10 of Pro Kabaddi.
Veteran coach Ram Maher Singh, who has taken Patna to title winning streaks, will be looking for a rebuild this season. Hence, he has let go of several big names in the team. Especially the likes of Chandran Ranjit and Dong Geon Lee.
However, they had retained five placers to be precise. Besides Rakesh and Parteek, they will have Manuj, Sonu, and Rohan Singh. Apart from them, the Giants will be looking for a complete revamp in the upcoming PKL 10 auction.
U Mumba retained player list for PKL 10
Elite players: Surinder Singh, Jai Bhagwan, Rinku, Heidarali Ekrami
Retained young players: Shivam
Existing young players: Shivansh Thakur, Pranay Vinay Rane, Rupesh, Sachin
Just like Jaipur Pink Panthers, the U Mumba side has also decided to keep their core intact. They have not let go of any important player. As a result, Surinder Singh, Jai Bhagwan, Rinku, and Heidarali Ekrami are all set to feature in the next season of Mumba.
Although they have let go of Guman Singh, who had a great influence in the raiding department, they still have a strong core lineup, to begin with. Since their last season was marred by injuries to their primary players, they will be looking to introduce some new firepower in their arsenal.
With Shivank Thakur, Pranay, Rupesh, and Sachin in as youngsters, U Mumba will be looking to buy some world-class players to turn their tables around in the upcoming PKL Season.