Pro Kabaddi Season 6: 422 players to go under the hammer

87 players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes Programme, a nationwide talent scouting initiative, will also be available.

Two franchise has retained four elite players and can exercise one Final Bid Match option in the open auction. (File Photo)   -  R. Ragu

The player auction for the Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI, involving 12 teams, will be held on May 30, 31 in Mumbai, involving the drafting of 422 players into the auction pool. Foreign players total 58, 87 players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes Programme (FKH), a nationwide talent scouting initiative, will also be available. The League has introduced the concept of “Final Bid Match”, whereby franchises shall be entitled to match the final bid made by another franchise, for one or at most two players from its last season’s squad, in accordance with the guidelines set in the player policy.

Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, Pro Kabaddi, said: “The player auction for Season VI will be the culmination of the player policy for the upcoming season, which has been designed for the long-term association, as well as even redistribution of athletic talent. Accordingly, a franchise may choose between 18-25 players to form a team, which in turn can choose up to three from the Future Kabaddi Heroes 2018 programme.”

Two franchise has retained four elite players and can exercise one Final Bid Match option in the open auction. If a team has less than the maximum of elite retained, the foreign players in a team may vary from two to four. The total salary purse available to each franchisee is rupees four crore.

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Patna Pirates and Puneri Paltans retained four elite players each. Twenty-one players in all were retained by nine teams. Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi and Haryana Steelers retained one player each from the squad of last season.

The following players have been retained, according to information from PK:

Bengal Warriors (Surjeet Singh, Maninder Singh), Bengaluru Bulls (Rohit Kumar), Dabang Delhi (K.C. Meraj Sheykh), Gujarat Fortunegiants (Sachin, Sunil Kumar, Mahendra Rajput), Haryana Steelers (Kuldeep Singh), Patna Pirates (Pardeep Narwal, Jaideep, Jawahar Dagar, Manish Kumar), Puneri Paltan (Sandeep Narwal, Rajesh Mondal, More G.B., Girish Ernak), Tamil Thalaivas (Ajay Thakur, Amit Hooda, C. Arun), Telugu Titans (Nilesh Salunke, Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari).

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