Abhishek Bachchan buys Jaipur Kabaddi team

Since the launch of the IPL, many B-town celebrities have joined the world of sports. While most of the celebs have invested in cricket teams, Abhishek Bachchan has taken a new course and has in fact acquired a pro-kabaddi team.

Confirming the acquisition Abhishek reportedly twitted, “It is with great pride that I would like to announce that I have bought the Jaipur Team for the Pro Kabaddi League. Need your good wishes.” The acquisition comes following the announcement of Pro Kabaddi League, the IPL-style avatar of kabaddi which has created a lot of buzz since its launch a month ago.

According to reports, the league — a joint initiative of industrialist Anand Mahindra and sports commentator Charu Sharma — will have eight city-based franchises, who will play on home and away basis.

“It is a matter of huge pride. Over a year ago Charu pitched pro kabaddi to me. It overwhelmed me. It is a cheap sport but the amount of skill required is immense. Having been a sportsman and being a sports enthusiast, it’s very exciting to be able to be part of this endeavour,” Abhishek said while talking to media persons in Mumbai on Thursday.

He added, “The sport of kabaddi is already immensely popular, and through the league I hope we can take this great sport to a whole new horizon.”

The other kabaddi franchises are owned by Ronnie Screwvala (Mumbai), Kishore Biyani (Kolkata), Uday Kotak (Pune), Rana Kapoor (Delhi), Core Green Group (Vizag) and Kalapathi Investments (Chennai).

Reports also say that the owner of the Bangalore team would be decided in a few days. A pool of 100 players will be put up for auction between June 7 and 10 with 28 players coming from foreign countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Canada, England, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Malaysia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkmenistan.

The matches are to be held between July 26 and August 31 and would be telecast live on Star Sports channel.

Reportedly, the league also has the backing of the International Kabaddi Federation, Asian Kabaddi Federation and Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India. The promoters have also roped in the Singapore-based World Sports Group to market the event.

The matches will be played on specially developed mats in state-of-art indoor stadia across eight cities.

Kabaddi is a wrestling sport originating from the early civilization of India.