The Inaugural season of the promising Indian Badminton League is just days ago, with players set to return from China after the World Championships the badminton circuit will enjoy a festive mood. For the first time in this sport, a franchise based tournament is going to be experimented and few changes have been brought to the rules to lure spectators and increase the adrenaline level. The action packed performances will begin on August 4th, with prize money of USD 1 million dollars (5 crores INR) at stake.

IBL Matches: Teams have to complete all the matches even if they win the first three ties and secure a win. However, in the knockout matches it is not necessary.

  • Two Men’s Singles Matches (MS)
  • One Women’s Singles Match (WS)
  • One Men’s Doubles Match (MD)
  • One Mixed Doubles Match (XD)

Teams:

  • Each team must nominate minimum of four players from the 11 member squad.
  • No Player shall play more than two ties in a match.
  • Maximum of 3 foreigners can play in a match which ensures minimum 4 Indians playing almost every match.

Format: The National coach Pullela Gopichand has promised us that it is worth experimenting with the rules and it can bring an element of Interest.

  • In first two games (sets), the player to reach the 21 point mark will be the winner of the game, there is no need that there shall be a two point difference to win the game. (for example : if two players are tied at 20-20 then both of them are in game point and the one who scores will win the game 21-20, not 22-20.
  • In the Decider game (set), the player to reach the 11 point mark will be the winner.

Points: The margin of win plays a major role in deciding the number of points awarded.

Margin of win

Points awarded

5-0

6

4-1

5

3-2

4

  Breaks/Timeouts:

  • 2 minutes: Between the games.
  • 1 minute : When either of the player reaches 7 point mark, 14 point mark
  • 1 minute: When a player reaches 6 point mark in case of the decider.

It will be interesting to see whom the team plays in, when the Indian youngsters are introduced into play. Our players will get a lot of exposure and experience. And you don’t Keep Calm, its Badminton time.  

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