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422 Players to Participate in the VIVO PRO Kabaddi League Season VI Auctions

422 Players to Participate in the VIVO PRO Kabaddi League Season VI Auctions

  • VIVO Pro Kabaddiplayer auctions to be held in Mumbai on May 30th and 31st,2018
  • 21 players picked by 9 franchises asElite Retained Players
  • 87 young players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes (FKH) programme to be drafted into the auction pool
  • 58 Overseas Players across 14other countries will be a part of the auction pool

Riding on the back of 5 phenomenal seasons, VIVO Pro Kabaddi announces the dates for the upcoming Season VIPlayer Auctions. The auctions,scheduled to take place on the 30th and 31st of May 2018 in Mumbai, will witness teams strategizing tobuild their strongest teams. A total of 422 players will be drafted into the auction pool of which 58 are Overseasplayers and 87 are players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes Programme (FKH), a nationwide talent scouting programme. The auctions will witness player representation from 14other countries includingIran, Bangladesh, Japan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Sri Lanka.


The two-day auction will mark the first event for Season VI, with the franchises coming together to build their teams. Out of the 12 franchises, 9 have chosen their Elite Retained Players and theremaining 3 will construct their teams from scratch.


The League has worked consistently to set new benchmarks and with the expansion in format and franchises in its previous season, is now India’s biggest domestic sporting league. Continuing the spirit of consistent evolution, the League has introduced the concept of “Final Bid Match”, whereby the franchises shall be entitled to match the final bid made by another franchise, for one or at most two players from its Season V squad, in accordance with the guidelines set in the Player Policy.


Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, VIVO Pro Kabaddisaid“The Player Auction for VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season VI will be the culmination of the player policy for the upcoming Season, which has been designed for long term association as well as even redistribution of athletic talent. It epitomises the continuing advancement in VIVO Pro Kabaddi for quality of competition, along with the right balance between compensation to athletes and affordability for their employers”.

 A spokesperson from the AKFI saidThe League has consistently set high standards in terms of quality of play, policy and growth of the sport. There has been continuous effort towards strengthening the Kabaddi ecosystem and providing significantopportunity for aspiring talent to grow and develop. The Season VI auctions will be yet another milestone in the way the federation has worked with Star, Mashal, and the franchises to improve the competitive standards of the League.  We are unwavering in our efforts to grow VIVO ProKabaddi, as well as Kabaddi as a sport”.

 VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season VI team composition guidelines:

 A Franchise may choose between 18-25 players to form a team

  • A team can choose up to 3 players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes 2018 programme
  • If a team has 4 Elite Retained Players, they can exercise 1 “Final Bid Match” option in open auction
  • If a team has less than 4 Elite Retained Players, they can exercise 2 “Final Bid Match” options in open auction
  • Number of overseas players in a team may vary from 2 to 4
  • The total salary purse available to each Franchisee is INR 4 Crores


Elite Retained Players Season VI

Team Players 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Bengal Warriors Surjeet Singh` Maninder Singh
Bengaluru Bulls Rohit Kumar
Dabang Delhi K.C Meraj Sheykh
Gujarat Fortunegiants Sachin Sunil Kumar Mahendra Ganesh Rajput
Haryana Steelers Kuldeep Singh
Patna Pirates PardeepNarwal Jaideep JawaharDagar Manish Kumar
PuneriPaltan Sandeep Narwal Rajesh Mondal More GB GirishErnak
Tamil Thalaivas Ajay Thakur Amit Hooda C. Arun
Telugu Titans NileshSalunke Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari

 Highlights of Season V auctions:

  • 4 new franchises added to the existing 8
  • The Season V auctions netted a consolidated price of INR 46.99 crores for 227 players across 12 franchises.
  • A mark of success of this crucial Vivo Pro Kabaddi event, was the absorption of 55 New Young players from the Future Kabaddi Heroes Programme, into the teams.