Pro Kabaddi League to kick-start on Jan 30 next year

The third season will feature 60 games which will be played on specially developed mats, in state of the art indoor stadiums across 34 days in eight cities.

The opening match will be played by Telugu Titans and U Mumba.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

The third season of Pro Kabaddi will kick start from January 30, 2016, five months after the second season concluded. Hyderabad will host the opening leg of season three, with the first match being played between Telugu Titans and U Mumba at the former’s home turf — Gachibowli Indoor Stadium.

Organised by Mashal Sports and Star India in association with the International Kabaddi Federation, Asian Kabaddi Federation and the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, Pro Kabaddi is now going to be a bi-annual league with two seasons every year.

The third season will feature 60 games which will be played on specially developed mats, in state of the art indoor stadiums across 34 days in eight cities.

Following the same ‘caravan style’ format like the first two seasons, the league will be played at each franchise city for duration of four days, where the home team will play four of the visiting franchises.

All seven visiting franchises will play a set of away games in each city.

After the opening leg in Hyderabad, the action will move to Bengaluru, followed by Kolkata.

The third season will witness the badminton arena in the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune as the venue for the culmination to the first half of the league. The indoor stadium at the Patliputra Sports Complex, Patna will host the second half of the league with the action then moving to Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on February 20, 2016.

The action will shift to Delhi and then to the home of the defending champions, U Mumba. The playoffs will will be played at the capital.