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Three Bangladeshi players picked for Pro Kabaddi League

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  • 1 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Three Bangladeshi players picked for Pro Kabaddi League

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Bangladesh national kabaddi team players -- Tuhin Tarafder, Ziaur Rahman and Masud Karim -- will play in the upcoming eighth edition of the franchise-based Pro Kabaddi League in India after they were picked by three different franchises from the second-day auction on Monday.

Tuhin, who earlier played for U Mumba in 2016, was picked by Tamil Thalaivas for Rs10 lakh for the season while Zia was bought by Bengaluru Bulls for Rs 12.20 lakh and Masud was selected by UP Yoddha for Rs10 lakh.

Bangladesh captain Tuhin believed that the tournament would help him to improve his game.

“Any good competitions such as Pro Kabaddi help players a lot to improve their plays. They get the best training facilities and equipment, proper guidelines and best venues. We don't have these facilities in our country,” Tuhin told The Daily Sun on Tuesday.

Zia, who previously played for Puneri Paltan in 2017 and Bengal Warriors in 2018, urged the Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation to start domestic competitions like Pro Kabaddi in Bangladesh.

“Pro Kabaddi is a popular, glamorous and big-budgeted competition in India. They brought local stars, foreign players, match officials in a common platform to create a mass hype in kabaddi every year.

“It is an amazing experience. We don't have any domestic competitions here. The federation should think about it,” said Zia.

Masud, who also represented UP Yoddha in the last three seasons, believed that their participation in Pro Kabaddi would inspire the young kabaddi players in Bangladesh. 

 “I've been playing with star players since my first participation in 2018. The same will happen this season,” said Masud.

“I've gathered a lot of experience from Pro Kabaddi. I think it can be an inspiration and reward for our young players who want to come in kabaddi,” added the national defender.

A total of eight Bangladeshi players earlier sent their names for the auction. Arduzzaman Munshi, Mohammad Hasan, Zakir Hossain, Sobuj Miah and Monirul Islam, however, remained unsold in the auction.

The tournament is expected to get underway in December.