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Olympic gold medallist David Lee to headline first Pro Volleyball League auction

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Olympic gold medallist will headline the first Pro League and auction which will see participation from hundreds of Indian and international stars on December 14 here.

The league, which is an initiative of and Federation of India, will kick-start its first season in February 2019.

For the auctions, a total of 117 Indian players have been categorised in four categories icon players, Indian senior international players, domestic players and under-21 players. The international players will be picked by the six franchises through a process.

The international stars include Canada's Rudy Verhoeff, USA's and Carson Clark, Serbia's Novika Bjelika and Turkey's

The list of Indian icon players include Akhin, Ukkra Pandian, Deepesh, Gurinder Singh, Vinit Kumar, and Prabhagaran S.

The first season will see 12 players in each team, with the provision of a maximum of two reserve players. Each squad will have two senior international players, Indian and a minimum of two Indian U-21 players. The rest of the players will be selected from the pool of Indian international and Indian domestic players. Each team will have a salary purse of Rs. 75 lakh.

The six teams to participate in the first edition of Pro League are called Ahmedabad Defenders, Calicut Heroes, Chennai Spartans, U Mumba Volley, Black Hawks and

The league will be played in two legs across Kochi and Chennai from February 2-22.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 15:45 IST