NEW DELHI: India’s Elite Pro Basketball League has announced its first round of key player signings for the 12 participating franchises, the league announced on Thursday.
Key signings include Indian national team players like Jagdeep Bains (Mumbai Stars), Pratham Singh (Pune Pythons) Prakash Mishra (Jaipur Giants). Other players include Basil Philip (Kochi Pachers), Vinay Kaushik (Chandigarh Conquerors), Actor Arvind Krishna (Hyderabad Hoops), Ram Gopal (Lucknow Swarm), Ravikumar (Chennai Turbos), Rachit Singh (Punjab Gladiators), Karan Pal Singh (Ahmedabad Aces), Arshdeep Singh (Delhi Dominators) and Visu Palani (Bengaluru Stallions).
Jagdeep Singh Bains, an Indian professional basketball player and a marquee player for Mumbai Stars, said: “I am very happy to be part of the first and only professional basketball league Elite Pro Basketball League of India. This will give a platform to develop the sport in India which is in great demand.”
Pratam Singh, who also represents India and a marquee player for the Pune Pythons, said, “Elite Pro Basketball League is the need of the hour. They not only promote the sport but are also athlete friendly. and offer the best remuneration to players in India. This will boost the sport in India and encourage young players to take up the sport.”
“When we approached these players, they were immediately taken with the idea of the league and thought it would be a great platform to promote the sport in India,” said Elite Pro Basketball CEO Sunny. Bhandarkar.
“The lifespan of professional athletes, especially in our country, remains very limited. We are keen to provide new opportunities for the proven stars of the Indian team, and the EPBL will be a financially rewarding second leg for them. EPBL is committed to extending players’ careers through enhanced incentives and high visibility across all platforms,” he added.