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NEW DELHI: Sports management company Mashal Sports, founded by Anand Mahindra and Charu Sharma, on Thursday announced Pro Kabaddi League player auctions will take place during 29-31 August.

The company along with Disney Star and Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), have built PKL into a fairly successful non-cricket sports league in the country.

The Season 8 auctions will initiate a return of the league after a gap of nearly two years. The auction will see Domestic, Overseas, and New Young Players (NYPs) divided into four categories: Category A, B, C and D. Within each category, the players will be further sub-divided as ‘All-Rounders’, ‘Defenders’ and ‘Raiders’.

Base prices for each of the categories is Category A ( 30 lakh), Category B ( 20 lakh), Category C ( 10 lakh), Category D ( 6 lakh). The total salary purse applicable to each franchise for its squad for Season 8 is 4.4 crore. The Season 8 Player Pool has been expanded to over 500 athletes including all squad players from PKL Season 6 and 7, as well as all players who have represented the top 8 ranked teams of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) Senior Men’s National Kabaddi Championships of 2020 and 2021 amongst others.

“There is immense excitement among players as we get ready for the player auctions for Season 8. We are sure to find more heroes through the upcoming auctions as we have in the last several seasons," said Anupam Goswami, chief executive, Mashal Sports and league commissioner, PKL. “The league's Season 8, will be conducted as per strict government rules and safety protocols with the support and cooperation of all our stakeholders and associates in the national kabaddi ecosystem under the AKFI," he added.

Before going into the auction, the PKL teams are also expected to exercise their choice of retention of PKL Season 7 squads as per the league policies. For each PKL Season, teams are allowed to retain up to six players under the Elite Retained Players category and up to six New Young Players (NYPs) under stipulated conditions.

Of the 500 players from the player pool, players who are not retained by the franchisees will go under the hammer during the three-day auction process in Mumbai, part of which will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network.

Mashal Sports plans to commence Season 8 of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League in December 2021.

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