After JSW Bengaluru FC, the JSW group has added a second team to their stable in the form of Haryana Steelers. The Haryana team is one of the four new sides to be a part of the Star Sports Prokabaddi League this year, will be based out of Haryana and will be coached by Ranbir Singh Khokkhar.
JSW Sports, who acquired a franchise for the 2017 season of the Pro Kabaddi League (SSPKL), announced on Saturday that the team would be called Haryana Steelers. The Steelers, who will play out of Haryana, are one of four new teams (Gujarat, Uttar
“The manner in which the PKL has swiftly turned around the way Kabaddi is played, viewed and followed is
“Haryana has been touted as the hub of Indian Kabaddi and I’m glad we will be giving the state its own team. A team that we are confident will be welcomed and supported,” added Jindal.
JSW Sports also confirmed the appointment of Ranbir Singh Khokkar as coach of the Haryana Steelers. Khokkar, a native
Commenting on his appointment, Khokkar said, “I look forward to working with a team such as JSW Sports who are focused on the development of sport in the country and the professional management of sports teams. Their experience in team management and the infrastructure they provide will be a big benefit to a team that’s making its debut.”
He continued, with his thought on the auction, sharing, “With the increased number of teams and extended time that the League will be in action, our focus will be on the fitness levels when we choose our players. We will also concentrate on building a team which is a mix of young and experienced players.” With only seven players retained by the eight existing teams, the auction will boast of some of the best international and national players and the right team composition will be very crucial for the Haryana Steelers.
The Pro Kabaddi League goes into player auctions on Monday, the 22nd of May 2017.