The Prime Volleyball League auction will take place on Tuesday

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The Prime Volleyball League, supported by Baseline Ventures, has announced that the auction of Indian and international players from its seven franchises is scheduled for Tuesday. The league has teams like Calicut Heroes, Kochi Blue Spikers, Ahmedabad Defenders, Hyderabad Black Hawks, Chennai Blitz, Bengaluru Torpedoes and the Kolkata Thunderbolts.

The event will bring together more than 400 players up for auction. Each of the franchises can select a total of 14 players and would include 12 Indian players and two international players.

Indian volleyball players like Ashwal Rai, Ajithlal C, Akhin GS, Deepesh Kumar Sinha, Jerome Vinith, Karthik A, Naveen Raja Jacob and Vinit Kumar have been placed in the platinum category, while the gold, silver and bronze categories will include 33, 141 and 205 players respectively. A total of 23 players will also fall under the hammer in the Under-21 category.

International players including David Lee of the United States and Luis Antonio Arias Guzman of Venezuela will feature in his international player draft at the auction.

Tuhin Mishra, co-founder and managing director of Baseline Ventures – a sports marketing company – said he was eager to see franchises build their teams at the auction this week.

League CEO Joy Bhattacharya added that there are a number of talented emerging volleyball players in India, and the company has been delighted to provide them with the opportunity to play alongside world-class volleyball players. “The auction marks the start of the volleyball revolution that we envision for India and we look forward to the action on Tuesday,” he said.

The league has announced the names of the head coaches for each of the franchises for the season ahead next year. He said the defenders of Ahmedabad will be coached by Sajjad Hussain and S Dakshinamoorthy; Bengaluru Torpedoes will be led by KR Lakshminarayana; Calicut Heroes by Kishor Kumar; Chennai Blitz by Chander Singh; the Black Hawks of Hyderabad by Ruben Wolochin; Kochi Blue Spikers by MH Kumara and Kolkata Thunderbolts by Sunny Joseph.

The league will air on the Sony Pictures Network and is marketed by Baseline Ventures. It will consist of 24 matches.

The global volleyball market was valued at $ 261.1 million in 2019. The market size will reach $ 270.5 million by the end of 2026, with a CAGR of 0.5% in 2021-2026.

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