Akshay Kumar set to co-own PKL’s Bengal Warriors

While an official announcement is expected on Friday, the sources confirm that the Bollywood superstar has already started planning for the forthcoming season of the Pro Kabaddi League.

Akshay Kumar had bought the Khalsa Warriors in the World Kabaddi League.   -  Shanker Chakravarty

Bollywood’s association with Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is nothing new. Over the years, the league has seen quite a bit of star quotient with Abhishek Bachchan and Ronnie Screwvala owning teams. And now, as another season beckons, Bengal Warriors is all set to rope in superstar Akshay Kumar as its co-owner.

Highly placed sources in the Bengal Warriors franchise confirmed to Sportstar that the deal is ‘almost’ sealed, with a few basic formalities left. While an official announcement is expected on Friday, the sources confirm that the Bollywood superstar has already started planning for the forthcoming season.

The Kolkata-based franchise, which is owned by the Future Group, will also use the Bollywood superstar as its face in the forthcoming season. “Yes, Akshay is all set to join hands with Bengal Warriors and this is definitely a huge development. If there is no dramatic change in the story, you will see him as the co-owner,” a highly placed source confirmed.

With the actor busy promoting his forthcoming film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ in London, Akshay, however, could not be reached for a comment on the development.

Taking lessons from the last edition of the league, the Bengal outfit has gone for an overhaul this season, and the management believes this will help the side start afresh. “Akshay’s presence will help the team boost its morale. This association will definitely help the team. The league’s star quotient would also go up,” the source added.

With Akshay enjoying a huge fan base in Kolkata, the franchise's popularity too will increase with the actor's entry into the league. His colleagues Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla own Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

This, however, is not Akshay’s first investment in kabaddi. In 2014, the Bollywood actor had bought the Khalsa Warriors in the World Kabaddi League. The league, however, was a fizzer.

But now, the Bollywood actor looks all set to return to the kabaddi circuit, albeit in a new way.

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