The Telegraph
Tuesday , August 5 , 2014
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Ash-Abhi glam quotient for Patliputra gallery

- Celebs to cheer for teams in Pro Kabaddi matches over weekend, tight security arrangements in sight

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vivek Oberoi… the celebrity quotient is all set to reach a new height at the four-day kabaddi extravaganza at Patliputra Sports Complex from Thursday.

While the Bachchan couple will be in Patna for supporting their team Jaipur Pink Panthers, Vivek will cheer for none other than Patna Pirates. Of the 37 matches to be played in different cities in the Pro Kabaddi, the Patliputra Sports Complex would host seven over four days.

Kumar Vijay, secretary, Bihar Kabaddi Association, said: “The Bachchans have visited various cities cheering their team and it is all likely that they will be in the city by Friday.”

Jaipur Pink Panthers will play two games in Patna on Saturday and Sunday. In the first match, Jaipur Pink Panthers will clash against Telugu Titans and in the second match it will face Bengal Warriors.

Both the matches will be played under floodlights at Patliputra Sports Complex.

Vijay added: “It will be great excitement for both sports and movie lovers to watch the Bachchans and Vivek at the sports complex. Patna Sahib MP and Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha too will be in the stadium for cheering the local team — Patna Pirates.”

Security will be tight at the stadium as there will be presence of celebrity in the matches. Entry will be made only through passes or tickets. Apart from the two matches that Jaipur Pink Panthers will be playing, the local team will have four matches at the Patliputra.

In the first match on August 7, Patna Pirates will clash against Puneri Paltan. Next day, Patna Pirates will clash against U Mumba, while Patna will face Dabang Delhi on August 9.

On August 10, the last match that Patna Pirates will play in their home stadium will be against Bengaluru Bulls.

The Kabaddi League is promoted by Mashal Sports Ltd in association with the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, the International Kabaddi Federation and the Asian Kabaddi Federation.

For promotion of Patna Pirates, banners, posters and hoardings will be put up at various places in the city. Also, the banners and posters will be put up at important locations, including malls. Promotion of the game would be made through FM channels.

For statistics, Patna Pirates team owned by Rajesh Shah of Mumbai-based Mukund Steel is still in the bottom of points tally in Pro Kabaddi. In Pro KPL, U Mumba leads the tally with 23 points by winning four matches and in one match it was draw. While Patna Pirates, who have played three matches, lost two and won one.