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PTI mumbai India
Updated: 26-11-2018 16:45 IST

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

present at

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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