PKL Season 7: Monu Goyat, Rahul Chaudhari, Nitin Tomar not retained; released into auction pool

Monu Goyat (Haryana Steelers - 1.51 crore), Rahul Chaudhari (Telugu Titans - 1.29 crore), Nitin Tomar (Puneri Paltan - 1.15 crore) and Rishank Devadiga (UP Yoddha 1.11 crore) - have all been released by their respective PKL squads ahead of the seventh edition of the Pro Kabaddi League.

Haryana Steelers signed Monu Goyat for a PKL record of 1.51 crore last season, but have opted against retaining him for the upcoming edition.   -  www.prokabaddi.com

The 'Elite Player Retention' list for the seventh edition of the Pro Kabaddi League was announced on Monday. Among the top names to be retained are Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (Bengaluru Bulls), Pardeep Narwal (Patna Pirates), Ajay Thakur (Tamil Thalaivas) and Fazel Atrachalli (U Mumba).

Interestingly, the four Indians who were bought in excess of 1 crore during last season's auctions- Monu Goyat (Haryana Steelers - 1.51 crore), Rahul Chaudhari (Telugu Titans - FBM - 1.29 crore), Nitin Tomar (Puneri Paltan - 1.15 crore) and Rishank Devadiga (UP Yoddha - FBM - 1.11 crore) - have all been released by their respective squads.

Deepak Niwas Hooda, who was bought by Jaipur Pink Panthers for 1.15 crore, was the costliest Indian player retained. While most teams retained a minimum of two elite players, Puneri Paltan was the only team to release all of them.

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The retained elite players will continue their association with their respective franchises for the upcoming season beginning on July 19. A total of 29 players were retained as compared to last season’s 21. The non-retained players will go under the hammer at the auctions to be held on April 8 and 9.

Here's the complete list of Elite Retained Players:

Team

Players 1

Player 2

Player 3

Player 4

Bengal Warriors

Baldev Singh

Maninder Singh

--

--

Bengaluru Bulls

Rohit Kumar

Pawan Kumar Sehrawat

Ashish Kumar Sangwan

--

Dabang Delhi K.C

Meraj Sheykh

Joginder Narwal

--

--

Gujarat Fortunegiants

Sachin

Sunil Kumar

--

--

Haryana Steelers

Kuldeep Singh

Vikash Khandola

--

--

Jaipur Pink Panthers

Deepak Niwas Hooda

Sandeep Kumar Dhull

--

--

Patna Pirates

Pardeep Narwal

Vikas Jaglan

Tushar Patil

Jawahar

Puneri Paltan

NA

NA

NA

NA

Tamil Thalaivas

Ajay Thakur

Manjeet Chhillar

Victor Onyango Obiero

--

Telugu Titans

Armaan

Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari

Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan

Krushna Madane

U Mumba

Fazel Atrachali

Rajaguru Subramanian

Arjun Deshwal

--

UP Yoddha

Amit

Sachin Kumar

--

--


Following the objective of building continuity, PKL has introduced a new category where a franchise can retain a New Young Players once his 2-year contract is completed under the “Retained Young Players” category. These Retained Young players are over and above the existing cap of 6 New Young players that a franchise can have. The retained Young Players list will be announced at a later date.