Pro Kabaddi League 7 auction in April, season starts in July

Bengaluru Bulls claimed their first PKL title defeating Gujarat Fortunegiants 38-33 in the final. PKL

The auction for the seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), which is set to commence in July, will he held on April 8 and 9 in Mumbai.

"The auction dates will be April 8 and 9 and it will take place in Mumbai. And just to go on record, we will do (conduct) season 8, 2020, starting in July (next year). It will help everybody," league ccommissioner Anupam Goswami told reporters on Thursday.

The seventh season of the PKL will start on July 19 with 12 teams in the fray. The schedule for the entire season will be announced at a later date. According to the league commissioner, the details for retention of players for the upcoming season will be announced mid-March.

Last year, former champions Jaipur Pink Panthers had to play all their home matches at Panchkula in Haryana but Goswami announced that the team will return to its home city this year. "Jaipur will be going (back) to Jaipur (to play their home matches," he said.

PKL has so far conducted six seasons.The sixth season of the PKL also had 12 teams, with Bengaluru Bulls emerging winners after defeating Gujarat Fortune Giants in the final held in Mumbai in January.