New Delhi, Oct 8 : India’s top shuttlers Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, K Srikanth and HS Prannoy were all bought for the maximum bid price of Rs 80 lakh in the fourth season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) players auction on Monday.
The top international stars who have been bought for the same amount include reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin, Danish shuttler Viktor Axelsen, South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun and Lee Yong Dae. Young sensation Lkshya Sen was bought by 7 Aces Pune for Rs 11 lakh while another upcoming player Sourabh Verma was bought for Rs 16 lakh by Ahmedabad Smash Masters.
Nehwal, who won the Commonwealth Games gold and Asian Games bronze earlier this year, surprisingly went unsold in the first round of auctioning for the designated icon players, but was later awarded to the North Eastern Warriors after a lucky draw, once the bidding touched the maximum limit of Rs 80 lakh.
PV Sindhu has joined defending champions Hyderabad Hunters for Rs 80 lakh, Srikanth to the Bengaluru Raptors, and Prannoy to Delhi Dashers, all via the lucky draw.
World champion Carolina Marin will play for the new franchise, Pune 7 Aces, after her name also went into the lucky draw once bidding touched Rs 80 lakh.
Former world No 1 Viktor Axelsen went to the Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 80 lakh, while his predecessor Son Wan Ho will play for Awadhe Warriors, who bought the Korean for Rs 70 lakh.(UNI)