IPL-style ‘Kho-Kho’ league launched

New Delhi: The Kho-Kho Federation of India (KKFI) on Tuesday launched IPL-style franchise-based league for the traditional sport named ‘Ultimate Kho-Kho’.

The KKFI, in collaboration with Dabur India Ltd, will conduct the 21-day long league, which will see eight franchise teams playing a total of 60 matches in a double round-robin format.

The players from across the world, including England, South Korea, Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, will be part of the eight franchise in the ambitious league.

The teams will also have the opportunity to include U-18 players in their squads with the aim of developing a pool of young players.

Kho-Kho is played in around 20 countries in the world, mostly in Asia. A Kho-Kho match consists of four innings of nine minutes each and will be played on specially developed mats in state-of-the-art indoor stadiums.

Each team has 12 players, out of which nine will sit on their knees on the field, while three will be extra.

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