The 5th edition of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) started on 28 July and will conclude on 28 October 2017. The official telecast rights of the Pro Kabaddi league are with the Star Sports network. The Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports Tamil and Star Sports HD2 will broadcast the games in three languages, English, Hindi and Tamil. PKL live streaming is available on Hotstar.com. You can watch 2017 Pro Kabaddi live streaming online on Hotstar while PKL live score will be updated here.
Ahead of the much-anticipated tournament, the total numbers of the team have been increased to 12 who will battle for PKL 2017 title. Pro Kabaddi 2017 auction took place on May 22 and 23 in New Delhi where more than 350 players went under the hammer for PKL5 players auction.
Pro Kabaddi Live Streaming 2017
Star Sports Network is the official broadcaster of the Pro Kabaddi 2017 and they will have a live telecast of the ever match as well as the auction in India on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 3 in English and Hindi respectively. The online viewers also have options to watch Pro Kabaddi live streaming on Hotstar.com and app. You can also follow PKL live scores here.
Hindi Coverage – Star Gold, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD 3
English Coverage – Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD 2
Telugu Coverage – Maa Movies
Kannada Coverage – Suvarna Plus
UK viewers can catch the action on Life OK
Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Live Stream – Hotstar
In the Pro Kabaddi 2017 auction, all the franchises will look buy best defenders, raiders, and all-rounders to make their squad strong. The PKL 5 will run over the span of three months where over 130 matches will be played.
But before the auction, the existing eight teams were given a chance to retain at least one player from their current squad. So, every team has announced the list of retained players. Former India Kabaddi captain Anup Kumar, Iran’s Meraj Sheykh, and Korea’s Jang Kun Lee are among seven players who have been retained by their franchises for the VIVO Pro Kabaddi 2017.
Top 10 players who are set to go under the hammer in the Pro Kabaddi 2017 auction are Mohit Chhillar, Manjeet Chhillar, Fazel Atrachali, Rishank Devadiga, Rohit Kumar, Rajesh Narwal, Shabeer Bapu, Jasvir Singh, Rakesh Narwal and Fazel Atrachali.
In the player’s auction for the Pro Kabaddi League 2017, there are 12 franchises including four new teams and each franchise will Rs 4 crore to buy players. All the players were divided into eight categories with base price ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 35 lakh.
Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Teams
|Team name||City||Owners / Co-owner|
|Patna Pirates||Patna, Bihar||Rajesh V Shah|
|Jaipur Pink Panthers||Jaipur, Rajasthan||Abhishek Bachchan|
|U Mumba||Mumbai||Ronnie Screwvala|
|Dabang Delhi||Delhi||Radha Kapoor|
|Telugu Titans||Hyderabad||Veera Sports|
|Puneri Paltan||Pune||Insurekot Sports|
|Bengaluru Bulls||Bangalore||Kosmik Global Media|
|Bengal Warriors||Kolkata||Kishore Biyani|
|TBD||Uttar Pradesh||GMR Group|
Except for Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan owned Jaipur Pink Panthers, rest all seven teams have retained one player from their squad. Pink Panthers have released all its players despite having some quality players. Here is the list of retained players for Pro Kabaddi 2017.
|Bengaluru Bulls||Ashish Kumar|
|Bengal Warriors||Jang Kun Lee|
|Dabang Delhi||Meyraj Sheykh|
|Jaipur Pink Panthers||None|
|Patna Pirates||Pardeep Narwal|
|Puneri Paltan||Deepak Niwas Hooda|
|Telugu Titans||Rahul Chaudhari|
|U Mumba||Anup Kumar|
The four new franchises who are part of Pro of Kabaddi League 2017 are from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Consortium (Tamil Nadu) owned by Iquest Enterprises Private Limited, Adani Group owns Gujarat, GMR Group owns Uttar Pradesh and Haryana owned by JSW Group.