Masters League launched; 25 stars picked during team formation
The first-ever Indian Cue Masters League, to be held from August 19
to 25 in Ahmedabad, was formally launched where India's ace men and
women cueists, Pankaj Advani and Vidya Pillai were also present.
The League, which offers a total prize money of ₹50 lakh, will
feature five teams: Gujarat Kings, Chennai Strikers, Hyderabad
Hustlers, Bengaluru Buddies and Delhi Dons.
The League will feature a shot-clock of 15 seconds for each shot,
with a 10-minute for each frame. It hopes to not only bring
entertainment to the fans but to also inspire them to take up the
sport in a big way.
Total 25 players are picked during the players’ draft, with Icon
players at $15,000.
The inaugural season is to be played in Ahmedabad from August 19 to
25 and the matches will be broadcast live on Sony ESPN from 1800
hours till 2030 hours.
On the launch, Pankaj Advani expressed his delight at the launch of
the League and declared that it would be a huge hit in the country.
"India has many highly talented players but
they haven't had the platform to showcase their skills till now,"
he said. "A format like this will excite the
fans and I see it becoming a very popular sport very soon,"
BSFI President Capt. Mohan was understandably excited too.
"It is a matter of huge pride for us that we
are able to host a league of our own. This will not only raise the
profile of the game but also make it financially strong. I am sure
Cue Slam will be a great experience for, both, the fans and the
Vidya, who, like Advani, will turn out for Chennai, said this would
be a wonderful opportunity for every cueist, and more so for the
"I am optimistic of, at some point of time,
having a separate league for women on these lines. It is so
exciting!" she said.
The teams formed are:
Gujarat Kings: Andrew Pigget (Icon), Alok Kumar, Brijesh
Damani., Daria Sirotina, Sourav Kothari.
Chennai Strikers: Pankaj Advani (Icon), Dharminder Lilly,
Vidya Pillai, Faisal Khan, E. Pandurangaiah.
Hyderabad Hustlers: Amir Sarkhosh (Icon), Kamal Chawla, Amee
Kamani, Lucky Vatnani, Anuj Uppal.
Bengaluru Buddies: Darren Morgan (Icon), Laxman Rawat,
Sundeep Gulati, Anastasia Nechaeva, Varun Madan
Delhi Dons: Kelly Fisher (Icon), Manan Chandra, Laura Evans,
Pushpender Singh, Malkeet Singh.
:: 26 July