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KPL welcomes Bangalore back with open arms - 22/08/2017

Nitanti Alur

It’s that time of the year again, when the Karnataka cricket lovers eagerly wait for the Karnataka Premier league to kick-off. The KPL is back for its sixth edition – an edition that is going to be bigger and better than the previous years.

KPL is the base for great domestic talent to get recognized and make it into the bigger leagues. The KPL hopes to do the same this year and welcomes back one of the original teams- Bengaluru, a team which last took part in 2010 is back for this edition. The Kalyani Bengaluru will join six existing teams from the previous edition who have extended their franchise agreement for the next five years.

With two of the original eight teams ending their five-year contract – Mangalore United, the champions in 2009 and Rockstars — a team largely comprising of Kannada film stars. The tournament kicks off on 1st September 2017 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium with the 7 teams playing the initial matches there, following which the KPL will move over to Mysuru and Hubali.

With the entry of a new team, it calls in for a whole new auction, the auction will be held on the 6th of August at the KSCA with all players going into the pool. The KSCA players have also decided to omit the format of Marquee players. Pool A will comprise of players who have represented Karnataka, while the second will comprise cricketers who compete in the KSCA leagues. The total cap for each franchise will be 30 lakhs.

The KPL has contributed a lot towards the KSCA and cricket is not only helping in building and bringing up local players but also in helping build the KSCA infrastructure. Hubali and Mysuru now have top-class cricket stadiums with floodlight facilities to enable staging of day-night cricket.

“Over the years, the tournament has helped many young cricketers in Karnataka reach greater heights, and this time, with a revamped set-up, it will further help up-and-coming cricketers in the state and provide a platform for the further improvement of Karnataka cricket,” said Sanjay Desai, KSCA president.

The KSCA is trying to increase the number of fans by inviting children to the stadium and nationally broadcasting the matches.

The 25 matches of the KPL promises to entertain the fans who will be treated to witness the sporting spectacle with the best of cricketing talent and skill on display in the sixth edition of the league.

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