New Delhi - The rules of the upcoming Indian Badminton League (IBL) have been tweaked to make the game more competitive and attractive for the spectators. Unlike international rules, where the victor needs a two-point gap to win the match, in IBL the player who first reaches 21 points in the first two games will win the match, irrespective if the opponent is on 20 points. But if the match goes into the third and deciding game, it will be an 11-point game instead of 21. Here too, the winner will not need a two-point gap to triumph. Also, there will be two one-minute breaks in the first two games when either shuttler reaches the 7-point mark and the 14-point mark first. In the third game, there will be a 60-second break when a player reaches the 6-point mark first. There will be an additional two-minute break between the games. “This is a new format and should be interesting. The slots will be used to show advertisements to generate revenue and the players will also get a break,” a Badminton Association of India (BAI) official told IANS Sunday on condition of anonymity. To add to that, all the five matches in the tie will be played out during the group stages even if one team routs the other 3-0 in the first three matches. However, the same won’t be the case in the knockouts, where the team to win the first three matches proceeds to the next round. Former national champion U. Vimal Kumar seemed excited about the new format. “It will be interesting. This could bring up a few surprises. You can see some small player topple a big name because the pauses could also break the momentum of any player,” said the Olympian, who has been roped in as the coach of the Banga Beats. Delhi Smashers coach Rashid Sidek, of Malaysia, however, disagreed that the new rules will affect the game. “I don’t think it will make much of a difference. All top players like Lee Chong Wei have the ability to stay focussed, otherwise they wouldn’t be where they are. Surprises are a part of the game. It is certainly interesting and we will see how it goes,” the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bronze medallist told IANS.
Saina Nehwal sold at a whopping $120,000 to Hyderabad Hotshots!
Malaysian World no.1 Lee Chong Wei sold at $135,000 to Mumbai Masters after a bidding was with Delhi Smashers!
Parupalli Kashyap sold at $75,000 to Banga Beats!
India\'s rising star PV Sindhu sold @ $80,000 to Lucknow Warriors!
Jwala Gutta - Experienced Double\'s campaigner - sold @ $31,000 to Delhi Smashers!
Six franchises will buy a total of eleven players each. 6 of these will be India, 4 foreign players and 1 Indian junior player. This event will promises to give another life to Indian badminton! The franchises are working the logistics at the moment.
Delhi have been the most pro-active franchise so far initiating bidding wars and bagging key players! Banga beats bag Carolina Marin for base price of $10,000 for women\'s singles.
Juliane Schenk! One of the most prized players at the auction from Germany raises a lot of interest. Base Price of $50,000 is left behind quickly. Huge catch for Pune Pistons as they finally win a bidding war against Delhi. Sold at $90,000. Sania Mirza at the Delhi Smashers table looks pretty excited!
India\'s Arundhati Panthawane becomes another buy for Delhi Smashers at a bargain price of $15,000 which was also her base price. This buy will hold them in good stead when the tournament begins on August 14. Smashers have the lady luck with Sania Mirza as their ambassador.
Carsten Mogensen was bought by Banga Beats to be a part of their Men\'s Doubles team. He was sold at the base price of $50,000 as the budgets of all 6 franchises become tighter. The business end of the auction has now arrived.
Boon Heung Jan was the subject of great interest at the auction even as Delhi Smashers bagged him eventually ahead of Hyderabad Hotshots. The player was sold for $50,000 and was originally priced at $25,000.
- Markis Kido from Indonesia, ranked 14 in the world for Men’s doubles, was chased and bagged by Lucknow Warriors at the base price of $15,500.
- Kien Keat Koo from Malaysia was pursued to the end by multiple franchises before Delhi Smashers emerged victorious buying the player for a whopping $50,000 up from the base price of $25,000.
(Star of Canada open 2013 for wrong reason) Maneepong Jongjit became the 4th International player to be bought by Lucknow Warriors as they filled their quota of foreign players. The Men’s Double’s player was sold at the base price of $10,000.