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Sourav to sing National Anthem


Former India cricket captain and city’s sporting icon Sourav Ganguly will sing the National Anthem to inaugurate the Kolkata leg of the second Pro Kabaddi League here tomorrow.

Pro Kabaddi, which kicked off in Mumbai on July 18, follows a caravan style format travelling to each of the eight franchise and its next stop is Kolkata.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the Kolkata leg which will be followed by the singing of the National Anthem, something that was done by Amitabh Bachchan in Mumbai.

“At each venue, one big celebrity of the city recites the National Anthem to inaugurate the respective franchise’s opening leg. Here Sourav will do the honours,” CEO of home franchise Bengal Warriors said today.

Bengal Warriors will take on the defending champions Pink Panthers of Jaipur to begin their home leg where they will play four matches.

“We will give our best to get maximum points out of the home leg,” Bengal coach Raj Narain Sharma said.

Jaipur team owner Abhishek Bachchan has confirmed his attendance while the Bengal team will be backed by a bevy of Tollywood artists.

“The whole state is behind us we don’t need one icon,” Tarkas said replying to a query about Bengal Warriors’ brand ambassador.

Captain of Pink Panthers Navneet Gautam was all praise for Bachchan junior and said they are well motivated by the Bollywood star.

“He has just told us one thing: ‘the team is part of his family’. We are all committed to retain the title,” he said.

Bengaluru Bulls will face Patna Pirates in the second match tomorrow.

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