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Pro Kabaddi League: Squad strength raised to 25 in Season 2

July 16, 2015 18:00 IST

Captains of the eight franchises unveil the trophy for Star Sports Pro Kabaddi Season 2 at Star Sports Studio, in Lower Parel, Mumbai

Captains of the eight franchises unveil the trophy for Star Sports Pro Kabaddi Season 2 at Star Sports Studio, in Lower Parel, Mumbai

The eight squads for Season 2 of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League, starting in Mumbai on July 18, will have more players.

"The squad strength of the teams has been bolstered from 14 during the inaugural edition last year to 25 for the second season. More Iranian players will be seen in action," said Nitin Kukreja, head of Star Sports, at the trophy launch in Mumbai on Thursday.

This was necessitated to allow teams greater freedom to not only field local and young talent, but also to ensure that teams are not adversely affected by injuries.

"Star Sports Pro Kabaddi has not only revitalised the sport but has also made kabaddi a viable career option for young talent across the country," said International Kabaddi Federation's president Janardhan Singh Gehlot at the launch.

The eight teams' representatives and their respective captains were also present at the trophy unveiling function.

The first season saw Jaipur Pink Panthers emerge champions; they defeated Mumbai's U Mumba in the final.

These two teams will kick off Season 2 at the NSCI Stadium on Saturday.

The other six teams which participated in Season 1 will be seen in Season 2 too.

Bengaluru Bulls, Patna Pirates, Telugu Titans (who shifted base from Vizag to Hyderabad), Puneri Paltan, Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors are the other teams in fray.

The organisers are looking to build on the impressive following it got in the first season which saw a record 435 million viewers tune in to watch the indigenous game on television.

With an objective to nurture and grow the sport in its markets, it is to be broadcast in five languages - Kannada, Telugu and Marathi along with English and Hindi, across eight channels of the Star network.

The league also pledged its commitment to the "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" of the Prime Minister with the eight captains and team representatives signing a petition to this effect at the trophy launch.

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