After the conclusion of cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), it is now time to shift your focus to another exciting tournament - Pro Kabaddi League which is slated to begin in October later this year. A total of 422 players will go under the hammer during a two-day-auction for the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League, which begins on Wednesday (May 30) and Thursday (May 31).
Pro Kabaddi Auction 2018 Live Streaming: Of the 422 players, 87 players are from the Future Kabaddi Heroes (FKH) programme while there are 58 foreign players from 14 countries including Iran, Bangladesh, Japan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Also, for the first time, the concept of "Final Bid Match" (FBM) will be introduced. As per the FBD process, the franchises will be entitled to match the final bid made by another franchise, for one or at most two players from its previous season squad.
HIGHLIGHTS DAY 1, PRO KABADDI LEAGUE AUCTION 2018
Take a look at the players who were sold and retained by the 8 franchises in the Pro Kabaddi League as season 6 is shaping up become more nerve-wracking and exciting than last season.
Records are meant to be broken and the teams at the #VivoProKabaddiAuction certainly believed in this statement!— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
Deepak Narwal to @PatnaPirates ends what has been a 🔥 Day 1 to say the least! See you tomorrow!
# Monu Goyat - Sold to Haryana Steelers for Rs.1.51 Crore. He has smashed all records! The Most Expensive player in Season 6 of the Pro Kabaddi League
.@Telugu_Titans fans picked @RaiderRahul more than any other player in #FanVoice, and they can be happy now as the team has bought back their star man for a whopping 1.29 Cr! pic.twitter.com/KCIYCWVnlx— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
# Rahul Chaudhary - Retained by Telegu Titans for 1.29 Crore.
# K Prapanjan - Sold to Gujarat Fortunegianst for Rs. 38 Lakhs
# Rishank Devadiga - UP Yoddha's match bid for Rs.1.11 Crore via FBM (Final Bid Match)
# Anup Kumar - Sold to Jaipur Pink Panthers for Rs.30 Lakh
Nitin to @PuneriPaltan: Aami je Tomar! 😀— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
Last year's highest grosser, Nitin Tomar is riding to Pune for a record-equalling 1.15 Cr! #VivoProKabaddiAuction pic.twitter.com/dHmDP9tVvx
# Nitin Tomar - Sold to Puneri Paltan for Rs. 1.15 Crore, equals the most expensive buy of Deepak Niwas Hooda
Last Category of Day 1 - Raiders
# Sandeep Dhull bought by Jaipur Pink Panthers for Rs.66 Lakh
# Surender Nada has been bought back by Haryana Steelers for Rs.75 Lakhs, the most expensive Indian defender.
.@JaipurPanthers have got themselves a 'chiller'!— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
The calm-and-composed defender Mohit Chhillar goes to the Panthers, as they back up their bid for Deepak Hooda. How about that for a core team in #VivoProKabaddi!#VivoProKabaddiAuction pic.twitter.com/RJ4VapUf4H
Deepak ban gaye Jaipur ke Niwas-i! 😁@JaipurPanthers leave no stone unturned to bag the do-or-die specialist & star all-rounder, Deepak Hooda for a record-breaking ₹1.15 Crores! #VivoProKabaddiAuction pic.twitter.com/aWnspIgorY— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
# Deepak Nivas Hooda becomes the most expensive player in the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auctions. In an intense battle, Hooda was bought for a mammoth 1.15 crores! Smashing all records and will now play for the Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Earlier, Fazel Atrachali became the costliest buy when he was bagged for a whopping 1 crore, but with Deepak Hooda smashing all records, Jaipur Pink Panthers are building a new and improved team this season.
Deepak Niwas Hooda's raising the 🌡 at the #VivoProKabaddiAuction! Will he be the 2nd player to cross the 1-crore mark tonight? Find out LIVE on Star Sports.— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
We resume with the auctions so stay tuned.
Here's how the teams stand after the overseas players auction session and @UpYoddha & @JaipurPanthers will be the happiest heading into the next round!— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
Who'll bag the top stars? Watch the #VivoProKabaddiAuction LIVE, 6:30 PM onwards on Star Sports to find out. pic.twitter.com/PVKs3FIALj
Another strong Iranian in the Mumba camp -
The #TitanArmy has started to make their defence 💪, as the smiling assassin from Iran, Abozar Mighani will be donning @Telugu_Titans colours next season! #VivoProKabaddiAuction pic.twitter.com/KCHwkDu3zk— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
You've made your preferences known on #FanVoice and here are the top picks! Will they match the teams' choices at the #VivoProKabaddiAuction? Find out today, 6:30 PM on Star Sports. pic.twitter.com/TmV4zYAH23— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
Season 3 ka, Season 4 ka, Season 5 ka... @U_Mumba ke saare losses ka badla lega Fazel!— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
The powerful Iranian breaks all records at the #VivoProKabaddiAuction as he becomes the most expensive player in #VivoProKabaddi history! pic.twitter.com/FvTntTbGnN
🔥🔥— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) May 30, 2018
The #VivoProKabaddiAuction floor was set on fire by the Smiling Assassin, Abozar Mighani, as he becomes the first player to be sold today! @Telugu_Titans win the hard-fought bidding battle at 76 lakhs.
# List of retained players
Bengal Warriors: Surjeet Singh, Maninder Singh
Bengaluru Bulls: Rohit Kumar
Dabang Delhi K.C.: Meraj Sheykh
Gujarat Fortunegiants: Sachin, Sunil Kumar, Mahendra Rajput
Haryana Steelers: Kuldeep Singh
Patna Pirates: Pardeep Narwal, Jaideep, Jawahar Dagar, Manish Kumar
Puneri Paltan: Sandeep Narwal, Rajesh Mondal, More GB, Girish Maruti Ernak
Tamil Thalaivas: Ajay Thakur, Amit Hooda, C. Arun
Telugu Titans: Nilesh Salunke, Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari
Jaipur Pink Panthers: No players retained
U Mumba: No players retained
UP Yoddha: No players retained
For the upcoming edition, a total of 21 players were retained by nine teams while three teams -- U Mumba, Jaipur Pink Panthers and UP Yoddha -- decided to start from scratch without retaining any player. While each team could retain only one member of the previous season, this time they have been allowed to keep up to four members from their previous squad. These players form the 'Elite Retained Players' category. Each franchise will be allowed to keep a team of minimum 18 players and a maximum of 25 players, including three from the FKH programme and two to four overseas players. Each franchise will get Rs 4 crore to form their teams. The players drafted in the auctions have been split into five categories (A, B, C, D, and New Young Players). While players in the A, B, C, and D categories have been set a base price of Rs 20 lakh, 12 lakh, 8 lakh, and 5 lakh respectively, the New Young Players have been fixed a price of Rs 6.6 lakh.
When will the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction take place?
The Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction will take place on Wednesday and Thursday (May 30 and 31).
Where is the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction being held?
The Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction will be held in Mumbai.
What time does the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction start?
The Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction will start in the morning at around 10 am. However, the live telecast is to begin in the evening at 6:30 pm when the Domestic Category A players will go under the hammer.
Which TV channel will broadcast the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction in India?
The Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction will be telecast on the Star Sports network.
Where can I catch the live streaming of the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction?
The live streaming of the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 auction will be available on Hotstar app and website.
(With Agency Inputs)