With a couple of major changes, the Pro Kabaddi 2019 is finally here sporting a rejuvenated look. 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 2019 edition of the tournament will be the seventh season of the admiringly successful national spectacle. With the ICC World Cup officially over, the Pro Kabaddi League is all geared up to garner the interest of the sports fans throughout India.
PKL 2019 is slated to start from 20th July and will go on for a duration of three months. The opening day will be part of the Hyderabad leg and will be played out at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium.
The official 2019 Pro Kabbadi schedule for the tournament is already out and all the individual teams have released their list of fixtures on their respective social media handles. Information of the legs played out in each city is provided under the ‘Matches’ heading.
One of the biggest changes of the Pro Kabaddi 2019 is that the zonal system of the previous editions has been scrapped. This means that each of the teams will play against each other and there will be a single points table as opposed to the previous tradition of two.
The first match of the new season will be held on July 20th 2019, and the league will be played for its usual three month period with the final expected to be held on October 19th. The opening match will be played between the Telugu Titans and U Mumba at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.
Two games will be held on almost every match day, and with the new format of the league match days are inevitably going to be daily throughout the three month period. 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:-
|Hyderabad Leg||20-26 July|
|Mumbai Leg||27 July-2 August|
|Patna Leg||3-9 August|
|Ahmedabad Leg||10-16 August|
|Chennai Leg||17-23 August|
|New Delhi Leg||24-30 August|
|Bangalore Leg||31 August-6 September|
|Kolkata Leg||7-13 September|
|Pune Leg||14-20 September|
|Jaipur Leg||21-27 September|
|Panchkula Leg||28 September-4 October|
|Greater Noida Leg||4-11 October|
Similar to the last season, the seventh season of PKL will feature 12 teams. The Pro Kabaddi 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.
Bengaluru Bulls will play as the defending champions, after winning their first title in the last season. Patna Pirates, on the other hand, will be playing as the most successful team in the league with three consecutive titles to their name from 2016-2017.
All eyes will be on Siddharth Desai who was bought by Telugu Titans for a whopping Rs 1.45 crore, making him the most expensive player of the Season 7. The 28-year-old Siddharth, who made an explosive start to the PKL as he notched up 218 raid points on his debut for U Mumba last season.