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Kabaddi league thrill

- Arjuna awardee to help Patna Pirates battle it out against seven teams

Patna, June 7: The Patna Pirates are all geared up to attack its opponents in the Pro-Kabaddi League that promises to give sports enthusiasts edge-of-the-seat entertainment from July 26.

Of the 37 matches the eight teams will play in different cities in the IPL-style league, Patliputra Sports Complex will host four on August 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively.

Rajesh V. Shah, the co-chairman-cum-managing director of Mumbai-based Mukand Limited, a steel manufacturing company, has bought the Patna team. While unveiling the logo and the team’s name on Saturday, Shah said the team, which claims to have big league kabaddi players, will showcase the resilient ethos of the city residents.

“Pirates attack and we will attack our opponents and defeat them. Kabaddi is an Indian game with historical relevance and has a potential to become a global sport. There is a huge talent for the game in the country and we hope to show our best performance. It is my appeal to the people here to support the team and cheer for it. If one talks about the team, we have Rakesh Kumar, who is an Arjuna awardee as the captain. There are foreign players in the team in the form of Wassem Sajjad from Pakistan, Tae Deok Eom from South Korea and Dovlet Bashimov from Turkmenistan,” said Shah.

Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan has bought the Jaipur team.

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