How will Pro Kabaddi League shape up in the next season?

Jigar Hindocha
Saturday, 28 October 2017

With the long-drawn Season 5 just completed, would PKL continue with the same format for Season 6 or revamp a bit.

Chennai: Incepted in the year 2014, Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) introduced a game of soil to the masses in a way never before thought of and undoubtedly the lion’s share for taking Kabaddi to the drawing rooms goes to Star Sports.

If we go into the flashback it was PKL that showed the world that right approach and right use of available resources can help grow such a rustic sport.

All the PKL stakeholders including franchises, the broadcasting partner, Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), International Kabaddi Federation worked in tandem to make it 
a success story.

In the year 2016, PKL happened twice and it received a mixed response from the general public but TV viewership favoured PKL and it generated second highest viewership after the Indian Premier League.

Came the year 2017 and PKL introduced 4 new teams to make it India’s largest league where 12 teams tussled in 132 league matches before the winner was decided in the ‘Superplayoffs’.

League began on July 28 and concluded on October 28. The Three-month long season did take a toll on everyone involved in it. Sometimes there were empty seats, but on most occasions fans did throng at the venue.

Even the format of ‘Superplayoffs’ was not an easy pill to swallow as many expect to have an easy format next year on. There is still time for the next season, but the organisers, one expect would give a long thought in making the Season 6 more inviting than a long-drawn affair.

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