This Pro Kabaddi League auction on May 30 and 31, fans too will get a chance to be the part of the team selection process. Star Sports, continuing with their tradition of strong fan engagement, has yet again launched an initiative to actively involve millions of kabaddi lovers in the PKL auction.
With just four days to go for the auction of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League season 6, the league organisers Mashal Sports have launched an initiative for the PKL fans. The pro kabaddi enthusiast can turn virtual team owners, pick three players for their team and if their choices match the actual team’s final picks they stand a chance to win big.
The virtual team selection process, active from May 21 till 11:59 hours on May 30 – the first day of the auction, is being run on the Pro Kabaddi League website. The fans who get at least three of their picks match the real team post auction stand a chance to win a lucky prize. Five winners from each team will be eligible to win gift vouchers worth ₹5,000.
Mashal Sports has also released a video for kabaddi fans to share the virtual team selection process.
The player auction for the PKL Season 6 will see twelve franchisees bid to build their teams from the pool of 422 players. The 422-strong list includes 58 overseas players while 87 youngsters are drafted from the Future Kabaddi Heroes nationwide talent scouting programme.
The auction will witness player representation from 14 other countries including Iran, Bangladesh, Japan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.
The League has introduced the concept of “Final Bid Match”, whereby the franchises shall be entitled to match the final bid made by another franchise, for one or at most two players from its Season V squad, in accordance with the guidelines set in the Player Policy.
With a ₹4 crore player acquisition purse cap, a franchisee can pick up to a maximum of 25 players with a minimum mandate of 18 players. A team must include up to three players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes 2018 programme.
The teams to have retained the maximum four Elite Players, can exercise only one Final Bid Match option; whereas the others will get the liberty to match two final highest bids. The teams are allowed to acquire from two to four overseas players.
The league, since its inception in 2014, has consistently set new benchmarks and has enabled India’s traditional game to evolve into one of the biggest professional sports leagues.
Vivo Pro kabaddi had earlier announced the list of elite retained players for season 6. The nine franchisees have retained a total of 21 players. Patna Pirates and Puneri Paltans have the highest number of retentions with four players each, while Haryana Steelers have retained only Kuldeep Singh.
Nitin Tomar became the costliest player in the history of Pro Kabaddi League last year after the new entrant UP Yoddhas bought him for ₹93 Lakh.
The Season 5 auction last year has witnessed the 12 franchisees spending a total of ₹ 46.99 crores on 227 players, which included the absorption of 55 young players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes Programme. It will be interesting to see how the 12 team owners spend their money in this year’s auction.
Top guns from previous seasons such as Rahul Chaudhari, Surender Nada, Fazel Atrachali, Monu Goyat, Anup Kumar etc. among others are in the ‘must-watch-for’ list during the auctions. With spectacular and heart-winning performances from past seasons, the team owners will have to sweat out with deep planning and extravagant spendings to get them in their squad.
The two-day auction will mark the first event for PKL Season 6 which is scheduled to kick-off from 19th October 2018.