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Indian Badminton League Auction

Following in the footsteps of cricket, hockey, golf and boxing, badminton is all set to start city-based franchise leagues with IBL — a clone of the highly successful IPL. The Format: The matches will be played on a home and away basis, with each franchise hosting a two-day leg. The top four franchises will clash in the semifinals with the winners meeting in the grand final on August 31 in Mumbai. Franchises:

  • Hyderabad HotShots
  • Banga Beats (Bangalore)
  • Lucknow Warriors
  • Mumbai Masters
  • Pune Vijetas
  • Rajdhani Smashers (Delhi)

Each franchise will have to buy eleven players- six Indians, four foreigners and one India junior. 150 players were in the fray out of which 66 were sold. The Purse: The cap is $275,000 per franchise in what is being touted as the world’s richest badminton tournament, with the winner’s purse being $1 million. After three postponements, the auction was finally conducted today in New Delhi by London-based auctioneer Bob Hayton. It saw the top shuttlers from all major badminton nations — except China — being sold to six franchises. Indian Badminton League (Pic:badmintonindia,internetadvices)     Players: Icon Players (Base Price $50000): Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponappa, Jwala Gutta, Parupalli Kashyap, PV Sindhu, World #1 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) Star Players (Base Price $50000): Boonsak Ponsana (Thailand), Hu Yun (Hong Kong), Juliane Schenk (Germany), Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) Other major players (Base price $25000): Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Indonesia), Kenichi Tago (Japan) Tien Minh Nguyen (Vietnam) The Auction: Saina Nehwal: With all eyes on her, was bought by Hyderabad Hotshots for a whopping $120,000. Arguably the biggest star in the fray, the ace Indian shuttler had said she hoped to either play for Hyderabad or Lucknow. She should be mighty pleased with this. Lee Chong Wei: It was the Malaysian shuttler who got the franchises really excited, triggering a bidding war between Mumbai Masters and the Delhi Smashers. He was bought by Mumbai Masters for $135,000. Jwala Gutta: Doubles’ sensation Jwala was sold to Lucknow for $31,000. Parupalli Kashyap: Kashyap, who reached the quarter-finals of the Olympics at London, last year, was bought by Bangalore based franchise for $75,000 PV Sindhu: Dubbed as one of the brightest stars of Indian badminton, Sindhu was bought by Lucknow for a whopping $80,000. Tinh Minh Nyugen: After a bidding-battle of sorts between Pune Pistons and Delhi, little known Vietnamese player Nyugen was bought by Pune for a price of $44,000. Juliane Schnek: World #4 Schnek, the 30-year old German player, whose base price was set at $50,000 was lapped up by the Delhi Smashers for $90,000. Tine Baun: Baun, who became the oldest player to win the All-England Championship earlier this year was bought by Mumbai Masters at her base price $30,000. Chetan Anand: Four time national champion Anand, whose base price was set at $7,500 failed to attract buyers. Boon Heung Jan: Malaysia’s Boon was bought for $50,000, double the base price. Carsten Morgensen: Morgensen of Denmark was bought at his base price of $50,000. Taufiq Hidayat: Indonesia’s Hidayat was sold to Hyderabad Hotshots at the base price of $15,000. V. Diju:  Diju, who is the mixed doubles partner of Jwala Gutta, was bought by Delhi Smashers for $30,000. The Teams: Banga Beats

  1. P Kashyap (MS) $75,000
  2. Hu Yun (MS) $50,000
  3. Tai Tzu Ying (MS) $25,000
  4. Carolina Marin (WS) $10,000
  5. Carston Margensen (MD) $50,000
  6. Akshay Dhanwalkar (MD) $36,000
  7. Aparna Balan $12,000
  8. Aditya Prakash $5,000
  9. Arvind Bhat $7,500
  10. J Meghana $4,000

Hyderabad Hotshots

  1. Saina Nehwal (WS) $120,000
  2. Taufik Hidayat (MS) $15,000
  3. Ajay Jayaram (MS) $25,000
  4. V Shem Goh (MD) $10,000
  5. Tarun Kona (MD) $28,000
  6. Pradenya Gadre $46,000
  7. Khim Wah Lim $10,000
  8. Tanongsak $15,000
  9. Kanthi Visalakshi P. $3,000
  10. Shubhankar Dey $3,000

Rajdhani Smashers

  1. Jwala (WD) $31,000
  2. Wong Wing Ki (MS) $20,000
  3. H.S. Prannoy (MS) $16,000
  4. Sai Praneeth (MS) $40,000
  5. Arundhati Panthawane (WS) $15,000
  6. Boon Hoeng tan (MD) $50,000
  7. Kien Keat Koo (MD) $50,000
  8. V. Diju (MD) $30,000
  9. Nichaon Jindapon $15,000
  10. Prajakta Sawant $7,000

Mumbai Masters

  1. Lee Chong Wei (MS) $135,000
  2. Marc Zweibler (MS) $15,000
  3. Tine Baun (WS) $30,000
  4. Pranav Jerry Chopra (MD)36,000
  5. Manu Attri (MD) $10,000
  6. Siki Reddy $11,000
  7. PC Thulasi $10,000
  8. Vladimir Ivanov $15,000
  9. Rasika Raje $3,000
  10. Sumeet Reddy $7,500

Pune Pistons

  1. Ashwini Ponappa(WD) $25, 000
  2. Nyugen tien Minh (MS) $44, 000
  3. Saurabh Verma (MS) $20,000
  4. Anup Sridhar (MS) $6, 000
  5. Juliane Schenk (WS) $90, 000
  6. Joachiam Fischer Nielsen $35, 000
  7. Sanave Thomas $5, 000
  8. Arun Vishnu $26, 000
  9. Wee Kiong Tan
  10. Rupesh Kumar

Lucknow Warriors

  1. PV Sindhu (WS) $80,000
  2. Weng Fei Chong (MS) $25,000
  3. Guru Sai Dutt (MS) $40,000
  4. K Srikanth (MS) $34,000
  5. Sapsiree (WS) $15,000
  6. Ruthvika Shivani (WS) $3,000
  7. Marcis Kido $15, 500
  8. Maneepong Jongjit $10,000
  9. K Maneesha $26,000
  10. Nanda Gopal (MS) $10,000

MS = Men’s Singles, MD = Men’s Doubles, WS = Women’s Singles, WD = Women’s Doubles

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