The U.P. Yoddhas will begin their Pro Kabaddi Season 9 campaign against Jaipur Pink Panthers on October 7.
The Yoddhas - owned by the GMR Group - will play 11 games in the first half of PKL 9 which will run from October 7 to November 8, while the second half will begin from November 9 onwards up till the PKL 9 final on December 17. As per the schedule, U.P Yoddhas will take on the other 11 teams twice.
The first 41 games of Pro Kabaddi Season 9 will be played at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru between October 7 and October 26. After that, the competition will move to Pune, where matches 42 to 83 will be held at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
Games 84 to 132 will be played at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad from November 18 to December 10. The venue for the play-offs - scheduled from December 13 to 17 - will be announced later.
The U.P. Yoddhas will again look up to the influential pairing of Pardeep Narwal and captain Nitesh Kumar in the upcoming season, besides last season’s top performers in Surender Gill (189 raid points) and Sumit Sangwan (62 tackle points).
At the Pro Kabaddi Season 9 auctions, the Yoddhas used their Final Bid Match card to re-sign Pardeep Narwal for INR 90 lakhs to fight off competition from Gujarat Giants.
The other notable signings for U.P Yoddhas were Abozar Mohajer Mighani and Nitin Tomar.
While Iranian defender Mighani, nicknamed ‘Smiling Assassin’, will turn out for U.P Yoddhas following spells at Gujarat Giants, Telugu Titans and Bengal Warriors, Nitin Tomar returns to represent the Yoddhas in Pro Kabaddi for the first time since 2017.
A look at U.P. Yoddhas’ schedule for Pro Kabaddi Season 9:
Matches at Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru
October 7: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs U.P. Yoddhas - 9:30 PM IST
October 10: U Mumba vs U.P. Yoddhas - 7:30 PM IST
October 12: U.P. Yoddhas vs Dabang Delhi K.C. - 8:30 PM IST
October 16: U.P. Yoddhas vs Bengaluru Bulls - 8:30 PM IST
October 19: Gujarat Giants vs U.P. Yoddhas - 7:30 PM IST
October 23: U.P. Yoddhas vs Tamil Thalaivas - 8:30 PM IST
Matches at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune
October 28: Patna Pirates vs U.P. Yoddhas - 9:30 PM IST
October 31: U.P. Yoddhas vs Telugu Titans - 8:30 PM IST
November 4: U.P. Yoddhas vs Puneri Paltan - 9:30 PM IST
November 5: Haryana Steelers vs U.P. Yoddhas - 9:30 PM IST
November 8: Bengal Warriors vs U.P. Yoddhas - 7:30 PM IST
November 11: U.P. Yoddhas vs Haryana Steelers - 7:30 PM
November 12: Telugu Titans vs U.P. Yoddhas - 8:30 PM
November 16: Dabang Delhi K.C. vs U.P. Yoddhas - 8:30 PM
Matches at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad
November 19: U.P. Yoddhas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers - 7:30 PM
November 21: U.P. Yoddhas vs Gujarat Giants - 8:30 PM
November 26: U.P. Yoddhas vs Patna Pirates - 9:30 PM
November 28: U.P. Yoddhas vs Bengal Warriors - 7:30 PM
December 2: U.P. Yoddhas vs U Mumba - 7:30 PM
December 4: Bengaluru Bulls vs U.P. Yoddhas - 8:30 PM
December 7: Tamil Thalaivas vs U.P. Yoddhas - 8:30 PM
December 9: Puneri Paltan vs U.P. Yoddhas - 8:30 PM
Pro Kabaddi Season 9 will be televised in India on the Star Sports Network. Live streaming for PKL 9 matches will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.