New Delhi: The biggest spenders in the player auction for the fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League on Tuesday were Ronnie Screwvala’s U Mumba spending a total of Rs3.98 crore for nine players at the end of the two-day auction process.

PKL’s 12 franchises spent a total of Rs46.9 crore for 277 players over two days.

Star raiders Nitin Tomar, Rohit Kumar and all- rounder Manjeet Chillar were the top buys in the auction, picked by Team UP, Bengaluru Bulls and Jaipur Pink Panthers, respectively. Raider Jang Kun Lee, retained by Bengal Warriors, is the highest valued international player, at Rs80.3 lakh.

The next season of PKL will be played between July and October.

Unlike last year when Star India introduced a two-season kabaddi league, this year, Pro Kabaddi League will have one season spread over 13 weeks.

Anupam Goswami, league commissioner, Pro Kabaddi said, “With 4 new teams coming on board, we embarked upon a new journey with the biggest Kabaddi auction in history. Nitin Tomar going for an unprecedented Rs93 lakh is a testament to this enormous scale."

Earlier this month, the JSW Group, Adani Group, GMR Group, and a partnership of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and serial entrepreneur N. Prasad were announced as the four new owners of the Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu teams, respectively.

U Mumba which stood at number 5 on the points table last season bought all-rounder Kuldeep Singh at Rs51.5 lakh, its most expensive purchase.

Last season’s winners Puneri Paltan spent the least compared to all other franchises with a total of Rs3.80 crore for eight payers.

The first of the two-day auction netted a total of Rs27.27 crore for 60 selected players.

Top buys for actor Abhishek Bachchan’s team Jaipur Pink Panthers included Manjeet Chillar and Selavamani K. for Rs75.5 lakh and Rs73 lakh, respectively.

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