Now a Pro Volleyball League! Fantastic. ! As a sports lover, it makes me really glad to see the way the sporting landscape has changed in the country in the last 10 years.
The first ever Pro Volleyball League draft and auction has been scheduled for December 14 in New Delhi. The league inaugural edition of the league will take place in Kochi and Chennai during 2nd to February 22nd and will be broadcasted live on SONY TEN 3 and SONY SIX.
The six teams on board to participate in the first edition of Pro Volleyball League will be Ahmedabad Defenders, Calicut Heroes, Chennai Spartans, U Mumba Volley, Black Hawks Hyderabad and Kochi Blue Spikers. The league will be played in two legs across Kochi and Chennai.
More than hundred Indian players as well as several top international stars are going to go under the hammer in the auction for the first season that is going to see six franchises participate. British sports commentator Patrick Kinghorn will be seen handling the auctioneer duties.
The international stars include Olympic gold medalist David Lee, Canada’s Rudy Verhoeff, USA’s Paul Lotman and Carson Clark, Serbia’s Novika Bjelika and Turkey’s Tomislav Coskovic. The list of Indian Icon players include Akhin, Ukkra Pandian, Deepesh, Gurinder Singh, Vinit Kumar, Jerome Vinith and Prabhagaran S.
According to the league rules, the first season will see 12 players in each team, with the provision of a maximum of two reserve players. Each squad will have two Sr. International Players, Indian Icon Player and a minimum of two Indian U-21 Players. The rest of the players will be selected from the pool of Indian International and Indian domestic players. Each team will have a salary purse of Rs. 75 lakhs.
For the auctions, a total of 117 Indian players have been categorized in four categories – Icon players, Indian Sr. International players, domestic players and U-21 players. The international players will be picked by the franchises through a draft process.