Mumbai :  Three Pakistan players who have already reached the country for the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League, would make their first appearance in the IPL-style tournament when the caravan moves to Kolkata today, according to an Indian kabaddi Federation official.

“They were here but were not fielded as we did not want to take any risk of the tournament seeing any untoward incident like protest. Today also no player will be seen in action. They will be seen in action in Kolkata from today,” the official said.

The official was clearly referring to likely protests from parties such as Shiv Sena which has constantly opposed Pakistan players from taking part in Indian sports arena, in general, and Maharashtra, in particular.

The three Pakistan players who have been signed up by two franchises are Waseem Sajjad, Wajid Ali and Atif Waheed. —PTI

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