After a forgettable campaign at the Asian Games, Indian kabaddi fans will be looking forward to the Pro Kabaddi League, as it gears up for its sixth season. For those who haven’t got to know about the highly popular competition, the Pro Kabaddi League (also known as Vivo Pro Kabaddi League for sponsorship reasons) is the professional Kabaddi league of India, which allows kabaddi players to test out their skills against the best aside from the national duties.
The 2018 Pro Kabaddi League commences from 5th October and will be played until the January of next month.
2018 Pro Kabaddi League Schedule
The official schedule for the upcoming season of Pro Kabaddi League was released on 22nd August by the official organisers Mashal Sports Pvt Ltd. Due to the Asian Games being held being held during August, which is the usual time period for the Pro Kabaddi League to be played, the schedule had to be altered. As most of the star players would have been unavailable because of national duty, the sixth season of the PKL had to be shifted to October. League Commissioner, Anup Goswami, confirmed that the Season VII of the PKL will return to the usual July start.
The first match of the new season will be held on October 5th, and the league will be played for its usual three month period with the final being held exactly on January 5th. The opening match will be played between the Telugu Titans and the Tamil Thalaivas at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.
Two games will be held on almost every match day followed by a rest day after every three match days. The matches will be played on the basis of the venues and will be classified as phase or legs. The legs with their respective dates are given below:-
Similar to the last season, the sixth season of PKL will feature 12 teams including the four teams, that were added last season. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortune Giants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha.
Patna Pirates will play as the defending champions, and are also the most successful team in the league with three consecutive titles to their name from 2016-2017.
Monu Goyat will be on the spotlight as the most costliest player after bagging a whopping Rs. 1.51 crore and will turn out for the Haryana Steelers. Other major deals include Rahul Chaudhari (Rs 1.29 crore), Deepak Hooda (Rs 1.15 crore), Nitin Tomar (Rs 1.15 crore) and Rishank Devadiga (Rs 1.11 crore). The most expensive foreign player this time will be Farez Atrachali of Iran who cost the U Mumba Rs. 1.0 crore.