Stage is set for the maiden Kho-Kho Premier League (KKPL) to begin on Thursday at Shivaji Park. Six teams – Mumbai Raiders,Suburban Yoddhas,Thane Thunderers,Pune Fighters,Sangli Smashers and Ahmednagar Heroes – comprising 72 ‘A’ grade players will grace the tournament. Each team will be managed by eminent coaches from Maharashtra.
The organisers managed to clear the last hurdle before the tournament begins on Wednesday by getting the green signal to use loudspeakers. The venue is a silence zone but the Mumbai High Court granted permission to the organisers to use loudspeakers during the tournament.
The six captains inspected the venue on Tuesday and were satisfied with the conditions after closely monitoring it. Subarban Yoddhas’ Rahul Tamgave appreciated the experiment,saying it is important that the tournament is held regularly in the future and people came out strongly to support it.
Mumbai Raiders captain Manoj Vaidya saw it as an opportunity for the lesser privileged players while claiming the format will spread awareness about the sport in the state. Thane’s Vilas Karande said the league was a good idea which would help in glamourising the game to some extent. The winners will stand to earn Rs 60,000.