VIVO Pro Kabaddi League 7 to start July 20

This format will have all teams play equal number of matches at mid-season

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jul 15, 2019 6:45 PM  | 2 min read

VIVO Pro Kabaddi League 7 is about to commence on July 20 with a completely new format. 

The game will start at the earlier time of 7.30pm. This format will have all teams play equal number of matches at mid-season as the rivalries will get fiercer and winning every game will become even more significant. 

Ram Mehar Singh, Coach, Patna Pirates, said, “The tournament format of Season 7 is well thought out and drafted. Now, there will be two matches less in the home leg and teams will play on four days. This is a great move as this will allow players to get proper rest and recover from minor injuries. The best part being, most of the teams would have played equal number of matches by the time we reach mid-season. Furthermore, I feel this format will build suspense and excitement among the fans and audience, which in a way will be great for the league.” 

Manpreet Singh, Coach, Gujarat Fortunegiants, said: “Season 7 of VIVO PKL will be more interesting and engaging as instead of playing against each other within the same group now we will be playing 2 matches with each of the 11 teams. In the earlier format, our aim was to succeed within our group so that we reach the semi-finals. Now all the 12 teams must compete against each other- our main strategy would be to win against all the 12 teams, which will increase the competition. Earlier, a home league schedule used to have 6 matches due to which it used to change the point table drastically. Any team who loses during their home leg matches would reduce the interest of the kabaddi watchers, especially those who did not perform well would usually fall last on the rank and point table - resulting in lesser interest from the audience in those teams. But this new format will maintain the excitement till the very end.” 

Rakesh Kumar, Coach, Haryana Steelers, “This format is fine because in the last season a team had to play three times against one team and once against another set of teams, so a few teams thought if they are playing a weak team thrice, then they will be able to attain easy points. For some that worked and for some that didn't. Now, all teams must play every other team twice. So that makes it an equal competition for all. And there's rest between matches as well. Therefore, this format is very good for the tournament.” 

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