The 5×5 Pro Basketball League will be launched in India later this year

Aspiring basketball players nationwide will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with big names in a first-of-its-kind 5×5 Pro Basketball League, with 12 teams, to be launched later this year.

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Titled ‘Elite Pro Basketball League’, the league is organized by Elite Sports India (ESI) and will attract top players and coaches from across India.

Speaking about the league, CEO of Elite Pro Basketball Pvt Ltd, Sunny Bhandarkar said, “Originally we had planned eight franchises but seeing the overwhelming response (we received over 450 registrations) we have decided to expand to 12 teams.

“We are giving athletes a platform that they have been deprived of since the days of UBA. We hope this new league will start and promote the beautiful game of basketball in India. We’re also holding tryouts the first week of May so players can look their best.”

The 12 franchises include Punjab Gladiators, Jaipur Giants, Kochi Pachers, Delhi Dominators, Lucknow Swarm, Hyderabad Hoops, Mumbai Stars, Chandigarh Conquerors, Pune Pythons, Bengaluru Stallions, Ahmedabad Aces and Chennai Turbos.

Organizers have already announced the names of some key players, including India international Pratham Singh (Pune Pythons) and popular Telugu actor/athlete Arvind Krishna (Hyderabad Hoops).

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