The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) on Tuesday launched the Cue Slam — Indian Cue Masters League in the presence of top players such as 16-time World snooker and billiard champion Pankaj Advani and Asian women’s snooker bronze-medallistAs many as 25 players were picked during the players’ draft, with marquee players going for $15,000. The inaugural season will be played in Ahmedabad from August 19 to 25 and the matches will be broadcast live.It will be a five-team affair with franchises from leading Indian cities competing for honours. The teams from New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Ahmedabad have been named as Delhi Dons, Chennai Sharks, Gujarat Kings, Bengaluru Buddies and Hyderabad Hustlers, respectively.READ | Pankaj Advani-led India beat Pakistan to win Asian Team Snooker ChampionshipAdvani said that it will 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. A format like this will excite the fans and I see it becoming a very popular sport.”BSFI president PVK Mohan said, “It is a matter of pride 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 fans and players alike.”The event will be played in a round robin-cum-knockout format. Each tie will consist of five matches with three 6-Red snooker and two 9-Ball pool matches per tie. Each franchise will have five players (1 icon, 1 woman and 3 men players) with a stipulation that a minimum of three Indians will be in the team.