Pro Kabaddi Season 9 is scheduled to start on October 7 and will run till mid-December.

The three venues where the league matches this season are set to be played are Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad.

“Mashal Sports started the journey of Pro Kabaddi League with a vision of taking the indigenous sport of kabaddi to the world of contemporary and upcoming generations of sports fans,” said Anupam Goswami, Head - Sports Leagues, Mashal Sports and League Commissioner, Pro Kabaddi League.

“We continue to achieve impressive success in this goal, as was proven earlier this year by PKL Season 8 which was conducted in a comprehensive bio-bubble,” he added.

“Now, we are even more enthusiastic about the upcoming PKL Season 9 as our fans will be back in stadiums across Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad to experience the pulsating action up-close of their favourite teams and stars,” Goswami said.

The news of the PKL Season 9 start date comes weeks after a record-breaking PKL Season 9 auction where Pawan Kumar Sehrawat became the most expensive player in Pro Kabaddi history after being snapped for INR 2.26 crore by Tamil Thalaivas.

Guman Singh, 23, will be one of the players to watch out for in the upcoming Pro Kabaddi season as U Mumba secured his services for INR 1.22 crore.

Meanwhile, Fazel Atrachali broke two records at the PKL auction. His INR 1.38 crore bid by Puneri Paltan meant he is now the most expensive defender in Pro Kabaddi history and the costliest overseas talent in the competition.

Pardeep Narwal, a surprise name on the PKL Season 9 auction released list, was retained by UP Yoddhas. They used the Final Bid Match (FBM) card to secure his services.

Sandeep Narwal, part of Dabang Delhi K.C.’s title-winning campaign in Pro Kabaddi Season 8, is among a few notable players who won’t be seen in action in the upcoming season as he went unsold at the PKL Season 9 auctions.

Dabang Delhi K.C. are the defending champions of the Pro Kabaddi League after defeating three-time winners Patna Pirates 37-36 in the Season 8 final to claim their maiden PKL title.

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