History is already in the making at the start of the new edition of Pro Kabaddi League or Pro Kabaddi League 2017. The PKL Season 5 auction is taking place on May 22 and 23 in Delhi, and it is already making the right waves. Nitin Tomar has become the most expensive player in the history of Pro Kabaddi since the inaugural season in 2014. The young 22-year-old lad attracted the highest bid from new PKL 2017 franchise, Team Uttar Pradesh for a splendid Rs 93 lakh. While Nitin raked moolah among the domestic players, it was Iran’s Abozar Mohajermighani who has emerged as the costliest international buy in this year’s Pro Kabaddi League players’ auction after new franchise bought the player Gujarat for Rs 50 lakh. The fifth season of Pro Kabaddi League is scheduled to take place in July 2017, but the buzz around the tournament has already begun especially after the list of most expensive players reflecting organizers and sponsors keen interest. Pro Kabaddi League 2017: Full squads and players list of all PKL 5 teams.

VIVO Indian Premier League 2017 wrapped on May 21 but the onset of next big sporting event has got the fans excited. Pro Kabaddi League who has followed the success model of IPL has grown with every new edition. With celebrities backing up the event in the role of franchise owners, PKL 2017 is going to be a huge hit. Take, for instance, the kind of money splashed by the respective team owners on the players at the auction is a real proof. Nitin Tomar attracted the highest bid at this year’s auction by Team UP for an amount of Rs 93 lakh against his base price of Rs 20 lakh. This is a whopping increase of 626 per cent compared to the bid price of Rs 12.80 lakh for Rakesh Kumar, the costliest player in the first season of Pro Kabaddi League in 2014. Pro Kabaddi League: List of top 5 most expensive players of PKL Season 4 in 2016.

“This is a new chapter in the history of VIVO Pro Kabaddi, our largest ever player auction with an enormous auction purse and the biggest talent pool, from all over the country and the rest of the world. With new introductions, such as dynamic pricing, it was encouraging to see the teams strategising to constitute robust teams with a focus on lifting the coveted Season 5 trophy,” said Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, Pro Kabaddi League.

Not only raider Nitin Tomar, there were many faces who scripted history on the day with impressive bids. It was raider Rohit Kumar who was bought by Bengaluru Bulls for Rs 81 lakh, all-rounder Manjeet Chhillar was sold to Abhishek Bachchan owned Jaipur Pink Panthers for Rs 75.5 lakh, defender Surjeet Singh went to Bengal Warriors for Rs 73 lakh and Selvamani K was again bagged by Jaipur Pink Panthers for Rs 73 lakh.

Sr. No.Player Names TeamPrice
1.Nitin TomarTeam Uttar PradeshRs 93 lakh
2.Rohit KumarBengaluru BullsRs 81 lakh
3.Manjeet ChillarJaipur Pink PanthersRs 75.5 lakh
4.Surjeet SinghBengal WarriorsRs 73 lakh
5.Selvamani KJaipur Pink PanthersRs 73 lakh
6.Rajesh NarwalTeam Uttar PradeshRs 69 lakh
7.Sandeep NarwalPuneri PaltanRs 66 lakh
8.Amit HoodaTeam Tamil NaduRs 63 lakh
9.Jeeva KumarTeam Uttar PradeshRs 52 lakh
10.Kuldeep SinghU MumbaRs 51.5 lakh
11.Jasvir SinghJaipur Pink PanthersRs 51 lakh

Pro Kabaddi League 2017 will see a participation of 12 franchises, which came together in an intense bidding war at the auction to piece together teams. Each franchise was permitted to retain one elite player, either from the domestic or overseas categories, from their respective Season 4 squads. The elite retained players, the final salary was determined on the team’s highest spend on a player during the auction. The first day of the two-day auction netted a total price of Rs 27.27 crore for 60 players selected.

The complete Pro Kabaddi League 2017 auction will feature more than 400 players, including over 60 overseas players from Poland, Republic of Korea, England, Sri Lanka, Iran, Thailand, Japan, Pakistan, Mauritius, Malaysia, Bangladesh, China, Taipei, Kenya, Indonesia, Nepal and Oman. Pakistan players are barred from undergoing hammer as informed by Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel till the India-Pakistan relations do not return to normalcy.