Patna: Based on the pattern of highly-successful Indian Premier (Cricket) League where different franchise teams participate for the title, the newly-minted Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is all set to make its debut with Bihar having its own franchise named 'Patna Pirates.

Rajesh Shah, the owner of Patna Pirates, at a press conference on Saturday, unveiled the team logo while entrusting his faith in Rakesh Kumar, the star member of the team who was purchased at a record price of Rs. 12.8 lakh.

A veteran Kabaddi player, Rakesh was instrumental in bringing gold home in the Asian Games in 2010 and the Indian Indoor Games in 2013. He is also a recipient of the Arjun Award.

"We are thrilled to launch our team logo today. I would ask the people of Patna to come out in support of their home team in large number," Shah said adding like the IPL, PKL is also made up of 8-teams each competing for the league title.

Expressing confidence in Patna Pirates, the team owner said the organization had wonderful training facility in Kankarbagh Indoor Stadium and with an experienced coach like Ranbir Singh Khokhar, Patna team stands a very good chance of becoming the most loved team in the country.

On the occasion, Rakesh, considered by many Kabaddi enthusiasts as the Michael Jordan of Kabaddi, thanked Shah for starting the Patna team saying he was confident the team would be very successful and Patna'ites would have many reasons to be proud of them.

Another star attraction of the team Sunil Kumar, a veteran in the world of Kabaddi, was also present on the occasion. 

PKL, an initiative of the Mashal Sports, is slated to kick off in July this year.

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