Pro Volleyball League organisers
Monday announced that six teams would take part in its first
edition slated to be held in February.
The league, supported by Olympic silver medallist
shuttler P V Sindhu, is scheduled to be held from February 2
to 22 in Chennai and Kochi.
Ahmedabad Defenders, Calicut Heroes, Chennai Spartans,
U Mumba Volley, Hyderabad Black Hawks and Kochi Blue Spikers
would take part in it.
Pro Volleyball League CEO Joy Bhattacharya said there
will be a draft of foreign players.
"The auction (for the league) will be in December 13
and 14 and Rs 75 lakh is the cap. We will do a draft of
foreign players. The idea is to get good international players
at a good price," Bhattacharya told reporters here.
"There will be maximum two foreign players in year
one (per team) and the reason we are capping it is to keep a
control on prices," he said.
He also said that the matches will be telecast between
7 pm and 9 pm, which was the prime-time, on Sony SIX and SONY
TEN 3 channels.
Each of the six teams will have 12 players, with one
Indian icon player and two Indian U-21 players.
The teams will be fighting it out over a total of 18
matches. Each team will play each other once in a round-robin
format and top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Luis Alexandre, Director Asia and Oceania,
Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), who was
the event, said the league was a step in the right direction.
"We see this (league) quite well. They (the league
organisers) are trying to develop a nice plan here using six
franchises in the first year.
"We guarantee that we (FIVB) are going to be here and
support the league in the beginning and hope they can succeed
and make it better in the future," Alexandre said on the
sidelines of the event.
Senior officials of the Volleyball Federation of India
were present on the occasion.
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