7 Teams, 154 Shuttlers: All You Need to Know About PBL Auction
A total of 154 players including world No 1 Tai Tzu Ying and world champion PV Sindhu are all set to go under the hammer in the auction of the fifth season of the Premier Badminton League on Tuesday, 26 November.
While top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth have pulled out of the tournament this season, the auction will feature Sai Praneeth, who won India’s first men’s singles World Championships medal in 36 years, along with World No 8 men’s doubles pair of of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who have been rewriting Indian badminton history.
The in-form Lakshya Sen, who won four titles in the past two months, will also be a big attraction at the auction along with Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy and the in-form Sourabh Verma and Parupalli Kashyap, for the PBL Season 5 scheduled to be played from 20 January to 9 February 2020.
Auction Purse for Each Team
Each franchise will have a purse of INR 2 crore, and are not allowed to spend more than INR 77 lakh on a single player.
Trading Policy Introduced
For the first time in the history of the league, trading policy has been introduced ahead of the upcoming season. A minimum of two transactions will be allowed per team in trading that will be effective 15 days after the end of the auction and will get over 10 days before the league kicks off.
“It is not only the big names but many underdogs have sprung up in each season who have shown exceptional performances to guide their team to victory. This prompted us to introduce trading policy after discussing with the team owners,” said Atul Pande, Managing Director of Sportzlive.
Each of the seven teams will comprise a maximum of 6 foreign players and a minimum of 3 female shuttlers in a squad of not more than 11.
The format of the upcoming edition of the league remains the same with each tie consisting of five matches – two Men Singles Matches, one Women Singles Match, one Men Doubles Match and one Mixed Doubles Match.
PBL 5 At a Glance
The 21-day event will witness seven teams – Awadhe Warriors (Lucknow), Bengaluru Raptors (Bengaluru), Mumbai Rockets (Mumbai), Hyderabad Hunters (Hyderabad), Chennai Superstarz (Chennai), North Eastern Warriors (North East) and Pune 7 Aces (Pune) slug it out for a prize purse of INR 6 crore.
- Total number of Teams: 7
- Total number of Venues: 4 (Hyderabad, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Chennai)
- Total number of players: 154
- Total number of Indians: 74
- Total number of foreigners: 80
- Auction purse for each Team: INR 2 crore
- Player cap: INR 77 lakhs
- Minimum Players per Team: 9
- Maximum Players per Team: 11
- Maximum Number of Foreign Players per Team: 6
- Minimum Number of female shuttlers per Team: 3
- Total Prize Money: INR 6 crores
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