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Success of Pro Kabaddi league is beyond imagination, says Abhishek Bachchan

September 08, 2014 13:17 IST

Abhishek Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan watches the match with husband Abhishek. Photograph: Courtesy/Facebook

Bollywood Actor and owner of the Jaipur Pink Panthers, Abhishek Bachchan said that the inaugural addition of the Pro Kabaddi league has made a huge impact in the world of sports.

Talking to reporters with his team Pink Panthers which won the inaugural addition of Pro Kabaddi league, Abhishek said that the success of the league was beyond his imagination but increasing the number of teams in the tournament was not possible for at least three years.

Asked if the success meant that some teams would be added, he said, "The success this league received was beyond imagination and we are holding the second addition in coming March but as of now there is no need to increase the number of teams in the league.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan watches the match with husband Abhishek.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan celebrates with husband Abhishek. Photograph: Courtesy/Facebook

"We have a three year contract with the franchises and we want to give them time to settle down. Increasing the number from existing eight is not possible at least for three years and it might be possible when the next auction takes place."

"Work is also going on for looking the possibilities of launching a women's Pro league too," he added.

Thanking his players for winning the league, Abhishek said, "The Pro Kabaddi league was the second most viewed event and Kabaddi-kabaddi has reached far corners of the world.

"I was in Rome recently and met old friend English Footballer Ashley Cole. He surprised me by calling me Kabaddi -Kabaddi. He too was aware that Pro Kabaddi has arrived on international sports scene," said Abhishek who has also bought team Chennai in Indian Super League (ISL).