Pro Kabaddi League Season 10 Player Auction Rescheduled for October 9-10 in Mumbai

The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 10 Player Auction dates have been shifted to October 9-10 in Mumbai, following a request from the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India due to the Indian kabaddi team’s preparations for the Asian Games 2023.

Mashal Sports, the organizers of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), have announced that the PKL Season 10 Player Auction will now be held in Mumbai on October 9-10. This adjustment in the auction dates comes in response to a request from the Administrator of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, the officially recognized governing body for Kabaddi in the country. The PKL Season 10 Player Auction was originally scheduled for September 8-9.

The decision was made to accommodate the ongoing preparations of the Indian kabaddi team for the upcoming Asian Games 2023, set to take place in Hangzhou, China, later this month.

The PKL Season 10 auction will feature a diverse pool of players, including domestic talents, overseas prospects, and emerging young players (NYPs). These players will be categorized into four groups: A, B, C, and D.

The players have been further classified based on their roles as all-rounders, raiders, and defenders. Players in Category A will have a base price of INR 30 lakh, while Category B players will start at INR 20 lakh. Category C and D players will have base prices of INR 13 lakh and INR 9 lakh, respectively.

Each PKL franchise will have a purse of INR 5 crore for the PKL Season 10 auction. This marks an increase from the previous salary purse of INR 4.4 crore after three seasons.

The PKL Season 10 Player Pool comprises over 500 aspirants, including 24 players from the two finalist teams of the Khelo India University Games 2023.

The 12 PKL franchises have already begun assembling their squads for PKL Season 10, following the League Player Policy. In August 2023, PKL teams exercised their option to retain players from their PKL Season 9 squads. The cost of retaining a player affects the total salary purse of the respective franchise.

Franchises had the choice to retain players across three categories: Elite Retained Players (ERP), Retained Young Players (RYP), and Existing New Young Players (ENYP). In total, 84 players were retained, with 22 in the ERP category, 24 in the RYP category, and 38 in the ENYP category. Players not retained, including notable stars like Pawan Sehrawat, Vikash Kandola, and Fazel Atrachali, will be part of the PKL Season 10 Player Auction.

The Pro Kabaddi League Season 10 auction will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network and will also be available for livestreaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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