Kochi: Indian volleyball stars Ashwal Rai, Karthik A and Jerome Vinith drew the highest bids of Rs 15 lakh each in the Prime Volleyball League (PVL) auction and were chosen by Kolkata Thunderbolts , Kochi Blue Spikers, and the Calicut Heroes respectively, here Tuesday.
A total of 24 players in the Platinum and Gold categories went under the hammer in the first session of the day as the seven franchises – Calicut Heroes, Kochi Blue Spikers, Ahmedabad Defenders, Hyderabad Black Hawks, Chennai Blitz, Bengaluru Torpedoes and Kolkata Thunderbolts clashed. for the best talents.
Each of the franchises can select a total of 14 players for their teams, including 12 Indian players and two international players.
While the Indian players were selected at the auction, the teams acquired international players through the International Player Draft, which had a pool of 14 players, officials said in a statement.
“The Calicut Heroes have acquired international players – Aaron Koubi from France (forward), American David Lee (blocker) and Indian players – Ajithlal C (forward – Rs. 8.5 lakh) and Jerome Vinith (Universal – Rs . 15 lakh) “, officials mentioned.
Kochi Blue Spikers have selected international players Colton Cowell (forward) and Cody Caldwell (forward) from the United States and Indian players Deepesh Kumar Sinha (blocker – Rs. 10.75 lakh) and Karthik A (blocker – Rs. 15 lakh) ), they said.
Ahmedabad’s defenders got stronger with American Ryan Meehan (blocker), Argentinian Rodrigo Villalboa (attacker) and Indians Muthusamy (passer – Rs. 10 lakh), Hardeep Singh (attacker – Rs. 4.4 lakh) ), Shon T John (attacker – 7.25 lakh), Manoj LM (medium blocker – Rs. 7.25 lakh) and Prabakaran P (libero – Rs. 4 lakh).
Hyderabad Black Hawks acquired Luis Antonio Arias Guzman from Venezuela (universal), Henry Bell from Cuba (striker) and Indian players Hariharan V (passer – Rs. 5 lakh), Vipul Kumar (passer – Rs. 4.5 lakh), Rohit Kumar (attacker – Rs. 5.3 lakh) and Amit Gulia (attacker – Rs. 10 lakh), according to the statement.
Chennai Blitz picked up Fernando David Gonzalez Rodriguez from Venezuela (forward), Bruno Da Silva from Brazil (forward) and Indian players Akhin GS (center blocker – Rs. 9.75 lakh), Naveen Raja Jacob (forward – Rs. 8 lakh) ), Ukkrapandian Mohan (passer – Rs. 7.75 lakh), GR Vaishnav (intermediate blocker – Rs. 4 lakh),
Bengaluru Torpedoes acquired Noah Taitano from USA (universal), Kyle Friend also from USA (forward) and Indian players Ranjit Singh (passer – Rs. 4.4 lakh), Pankaj Sharma (forward – Rs. 7, 5 lakh), Lavmeet Katariya (central blocker – Rs. 4.6 lakh), Rohith P (medium blocker – Rs. 7.5 lakh) and B Midhun Kumar (libero – Rs. 5.6 lakh).
Kolkata Thunderbolts picked up Matthew August of the United States (blocker), Ian Satterfield also of the United States (universal) and Indian players Vinit Kumar (universal – Rs. 8.75 lakh) and Ashwal Rai (center blocker – Rs. 15) lakh).
Over 300 players in the U-21, Silver and Bronze categories were caught by the franchises in another session of the day.
Joy Bhattacharya, CEO of PVL, said: “Getting off to a good start is always important and we are delighted with how events have unfolded today. All the franchises have chosen their teams wisely and there are still players to acquire in the next session. ”