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From PV Sindhu To Chirag Shetty, Here Are The Highest-Paid Players In Premier Badminton League

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Let The Auction Begin!
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Let The Auction Begin!

The auction for the 5th edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL), held on Tuesday, saw prominent and established players from the world of badminton on the block.Several players, including champion PV Sindhu, and world number 1 women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying, were in the pool.

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.

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Sindhu & Ying Bag The Biggest Amount
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Sindhu & Ying Bag The Biggest Amount

The highlight of the PBL auction was World Champion and India’s pride, PV Sindhu, bagging the maximum amount of Rs 77 lakh. Sindhu had played the league last year as a part of Hyderabad Hunters and was retained by the same team this time.

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).

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Praneeth And Reddy Rake In The Moolah
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Praneeth And Reddy Rake In The Moolah

Indian badminton player, B Sai Praneeth, was also retained by his team, Bengaluru Raptors, for Rs 32 lakhs. For the uninitiated, Praneeth is the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to win a bronze medal in the BWF World Championships in 2019 after Prakash Padukone in 1983.

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.

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Zhang And Gopichand Win Big
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Zhang And Gopichand Win Big

Just when it seemed like Bengaluru Raptors and Chennai Superstarz were taking all the big players, Awadh Warrior stepped in. World number 9 American women's singles player Beiwan Zhang was retained by Awadhe Warriors for Rs 39 lakhs. Zhang bagged the highest amount after Sindhu and Ying.

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.

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Saina Nehwal And Srikanth Step Down
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Saina Nehwal And Srikanth Step Down

The 5th edition of PBL has lost some of its shine because London Olympics Bronze medalist Saina Nehwal and badminton player Kidambi Srikanth have pulled out of the tournament.

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.

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