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Sachin Tendulkar Is Co-owner Of Pro Kabaddi League Tamil Nadu Franchise

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Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar is among the new owners of the four new VIVO Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) teams that will participate in the fifth season of the tournament, to be played from July to October.

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar it seems is on an entrepreneurship drive as he has now invested in the sport of kabaddi too. The cricket maestro is among the new owners of four new franchises of the hugely popular Pro Kabaddi League, which will hold its fifth season from July to October.

Tendulkar will jointly own the yet-to-be named Tamil Nadu franchise along with serial entrepreneur N. Prasad.

Other owners include the JSW Group, Adani Group and GMR Group, who will own the Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh teams respectively.

The yet-to-be named new franchises would operate under Iquest Enterprises Pvt Ltd (Consortium) for Tamil Nadu, Adani Wilmar Ltd for Gujarat, GMR League Games Pvt Ltd for Uttar Pradesh and JSW Sports Pvt Ltd for Haryana

Welcoming the four new additions to the PKL, Star India Chairman and CEO Uday Shankar, said: "I am delighted to welcome some of India's finest corporates to our Mission Kabaddi."

"We believe that with the support of existing and new partners we are well on our course to realizing a socially transformative sports agenda. The interest shown by these corporates is evidence of the immense potential of Kabaddi," he added.

The expansion adds to the current list of eight teams from the following cities -- Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Patna, Pune and Jaipur.