Pro Kabaddi Auction Rules: Everything You Need To Know

The Pro Kabaddi League’s organizers, Mashal Sports, revealed the new dates for the Pro Kabaddi Season 10 Player Auction dates on Friday (September 8). The Pro Kabaddi Auction was initially slated to take place on September 8 and September 9 in Mumbai.

Pro Kabaddi League two-day player auction, postponed last week, will now take place a month from now on October 9 and 10 in Mumbai at the same location. Over 500 players, including Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, will be up for auction, and 12 teams will engage in bidding wars.

The 12 franchises will have a chance to rebuild their team during the two-day Pro Kabaddi Season 10 player auction.

PKL teams will now take part in the 10-player auction in order to complete their squads since 84 players have been retained for Season 10. Here is a look at some of the Pro Kabaddi auction regulations before fans get to know who their teams’ new superstars will be.

Pro Kabaddi Auction Player Pool

Over 500 players will be available for auction in the Pro Kabaddi Season 10 auction pool. Both domestic kabaddi players and players who have been discharged from teams are included in the pool. The auction will include the rosters from the PKL’s Seasons 8 and 9 as well as the top eight teams from the Senior Nationals Kabaddi Championship’s previous two seasons. 

Players from other countries will also be included in the Pro Kabaddi 2023 Auction Pool. 24 players from the two Khelo India University Games 2023 finalist teams will also be included in the auction pool. The PKL teams have already begun putting together their lineups for Pro Kabaddi Season 10 in accordance with the League Player Policy for the Season. In August 2023, the PKL teams made use of their option to retain players from their individual PKL Season 9 clubs.

Elite Retained Players (ERP), Retained Young Players (RYP), and Existing New Young Players (ENYP) were the three types of players that the franchises could choose to keep. That includes 22 from the ERP category, 24 from RYP, and 38 from ENYP. At the PKL Season 10 Player Auction. The non-retained players—among them stars Pawan Sehrawat, Vikash Kandola, and Fazel Atrachali—will be a part of the auction.

There can be no more than 25 players in a Pro Kabaddi Season 10 team’s squad. It means that 300 players from 12 teams can participate in Pro Kabaddi at any given time.

Salary Purse & Base Price for Players in the Pro Kabaddi Auction

Each franchise’s total wage budget for its squad increased to Rs. 5 crore after three seasons, from Rs. 4.4 crore. Accordingly, each franchise will have access to up to INR 5 crore in funding, depending on their retention rates. Furthermore, there are two player categories available in the Pro Kabaddi League player auction: domestic and international players.

Players are further put into categories for both domestic and foreign players. Players have the option of joining one of four categories: A, B, C, or D. The base fee for players in Category A is ₹30 lakh, and Category B is ₹20 lakh. Category C is ₹13 lakh, and Category D is ₹9 lakh. Each player has a unique set of skills, whether they are raiders, defenders, or all-arounders.

Teams must have a minimum of two and a maximum of four overseas players. 

How do Elite Retained Players work?

Each team can keep a maximum of six players. Out of which two can be chosen before the auction from the Category A bracket and two from the Category B bracket. Elite Retained Players (ERP) are players whom a club chooses to keep to avoid losing them to rival teams who might offer a better price for them during the Pro Kabaddi Auction.

New Young Players and Retained Young Players: Who are they?

Additionally, teams may keep players from the Existing New Young Player (NYP) and Retained Young Player (RYP) categories who competed for them in the season before the auction. These players from NYP and RYP are not among the six players at most. They can be put under the Elite Retained Players (ERP) programme, which is open to veteran PKL players.

The Final Bid Match

Using the Final Bid Match (FBM) regulation, teams can match the final offer on a player who was a member of their team the previous year.

Depending on how many players the team manages to keep, the FBM card can be used. The FBM option may only be used once by a team if they decide to keep their maximum 6 ERPs. If they keep five players, they may exercise this option twice; if fewer than five, they may exercise it three times.

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