PKL 2021: List of players Retained and Released by Bengal Warriors
The VIVO Pro Kabaddi League is finally back after the 2020 season of the kabaddi league was canceled just like almost every other sport due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) and its franchises have officially released the list of players who have been retained or released before the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League auction takes place on the 29th of August.
Retention Rules: The VIVO Pro Kabaddi League allows up to 12 players maximum to be retained for the next season, of which a maximum of 6 elite players (who are experienced PKL players) can be retained while a maximum of 6 young players (who have come through the young player program) can be retained.
Today, we look at the defending champions Bengal Warriors and find out whom they have retained or let go of before the auction begins on the 29th of August for next season.
Maninder Singh, the captain of the Bengal Warriors team and their star raider, has been retained as the star raider collected a valuable 205 raid points to guide the team to the glory last season.
Iranian all-rounder Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh has also been retained and will play for the Bengal Warriors in the coming season. The overseas player was an instrumental member of the championship-winning team as he garnered a total of 92 raid points and 30 tackle points, and it will be his second season in the premier Kabaddi league.
Rinku Narwal has also found his place retained in the team. The defender scored a total of 64 points last season, of which all are tackle points, which proves his value in the team. Among the young player who has been retained is Ravindra Ramesh Kumawat.
Bengal Warriors have taken a big decision in letting go of their experienced campaigner Sukesh Hegde and Jeeva Kumar.
Sukesh Hegde joined the Bengal Warriors for season 7 of the Pro Kabaddi League from Tamil Thalaivas. He produced some crucial points for the team as he earned 63 points from 16 matches, out of which 61 raid points and two tackle points.
Jeeva Kumar is also a big-name released from the team as the defender gathered 39 tackle points last season and was ever-present as an experienced wall in that defense. Rakesh Narwal has also been let go off after earning 18 raid points last season in 4 matches.
Bengal Warriors Retained Players:
Maninder Singh (Raider), Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh (All-Rounder), Rinku Narwal (Defender), Ravindra Ramesh Kumawat (Raider)
Bengal Warriors Released Players:
Sukesh Hegde (Raider), K Prapanjan (Raider), Mohammad Taghi (Raider), Rakesh Narwal (Raider), Amit (Defender), Naveen Narwal (Defender), Baldev Singh (Defender), Jeeva Kumar (Defender), Viraj Vishnu Landge (Defender), Adarsh T (Defender), Dharmendra Singh (Defender), Amir Dhumal (All Rounder), Avinash A.R. (All Rounder), Mayur Shivkarkar (All Rounder), Sourabh Patil (All Rounder), Sunil Dubili (All Rounder)