From PV Sindhu To Chirag Shetty, Here Are The Highest-Paid Players In Premier Badminton League
Let The Auction Begin!
For the uninitiated, each franchise had a budget of Rs 2 crore and as a result, they could not spend more than Rs 77 lakh on a single player. The teams can have a maximum of six foreign players and a minimum of three female shuttlers in a squad of not more than 11 players.
The next edition of PBL will see 74 shuttlers battle it out from January 20 to February 9. If you missed the auction, fret not! We’ve covered all the highlights of the event to keep you up to date.
Sindhu & Ying Bag The Biggest Amount
World number 1 women’s singles player, Tai Tzu Ying, who hails from Taiwan, was also bought for a joint highest amount of Rs 77 lakh. It was a close call, as the bidding war between Pune 7 Aces and Bengaluru Raptors was intense. Eventually, the Bengaluru Raptors, the previous year champions emerged victorious and won Ying.
Though both Sindhu and Ying have bagged the same amount, what’s noteworthy here is that Sindhu had lost her match against Ying in the 2019 French Open (badminton).
Praneeth And Reddy Rake In The Moolah
What’s more? Men’s doubles player B Sumeeth Reddy was also retained by his original team, Chennai Superstarz, for Rs 11 lakhs. Chirag Shetty, who has won a gold in the Commonwealth Games in 2018, bagged Rs 15.50 lakhs and was retained by Pune 7 Aces.
Zhang And Gopichand Win Big
National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand's daughter Gayatri Gopichand was bought by Chennai Superstarz, while Ashmita Chaliha, went to her home team, North Eastern Warriors, for Rs 3 lakhs.
Saina Nehwal And Srikanth Step Down
While Srikanth wanted to focus on the international events after 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Nehwal wanted to prepare herself for the next international season. Nehwal had played the last edition of PBL with the team North Eastern Warriors.