PKL catching up with IPL’s growth rate
IPL started from 2008 while PKL is into its sixth season.
Updated - Jun 7, 2018 12:16 pm
The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is a massive Kabaddi tournament in India over the last few years. India has been a successful team in the sport and hence the popularity surrounding the tournament doesn’t spring a surprise. Recently, the auction of this edition’s PKL was conducted on May 30 and 31 and it turned out to be a grand success.
The event is in its sixth season and is expected to be another thriller with 12 participating teams. It has grown leaps and bounds over the last seasons and is said to give a stern competition to the tournament like the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is a colossal event. Players from across the globe crave to play in the IPL as it’s a platform for them to showcase their skills and carve their career.
PKL inching towards IPL
PKL has a title sponsorship of INR 300 crores is an Indian record for all non-cricket leagues as per reports in Insidesport. The INR 60 crores annual price is the highest in the nation, second only to the T20 tournament. However, the growth of the PSK player’s salaries has seen a significant growth rate than even the IPL cricketers since the first seasons of both leagues.
The difference between the highest players IPL and PKL players is greater than 1000 percent and the IPL purse is 20 times more than that of the PKL. Nevertheless, on percentile growth, PKL is ahead of the T20 event. The IPL has seen a hike of 282 percent in the growth of salaries in the eleven seasons. On the contrary, the salary of PKL players has increased by quite some extent.
Monu Goyat will get INR 1.51 crores this season, which saw an 1175 percent growth over INR 12.8 lakh Rakesh Kumar had drawn the top pay packet for Season One. The purse of PKL teams has also increased from INR 60 lakhs to INR 4 crores now, which is a growth of 633 percent. On the other hand, IPL’s purse has increased from INR 20 crore to INR 80 crore.