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Indian Badminton League auction: Hyderabad bags Saina as Lee Chong Wei goes to Mumbai

Press Trust of India
Jul 22, 2013 at 07:05pm IST

New Delhi: Saina Nehwal's wish to be in her home team came true as Hyderabad Hotshots bought the Indian star for $120,000 but world number one Lee Chong Wei proved to be the costliest, going to Mumbai Masters for $135,000 in the inaugural Indian Badminton League's players auction here on Monday.

Saina, one among the six icon players whose base price was set at $50,000 (Rs 29,70,482), had stated that she would prefer to be either in Hyderabad or Lucknow with a slight tilt towards her hometown. Her wish was fulfilled with Hyderabad picking her up after making a bid of $120,000 (Rs 71,27,796 approx).

But it was Malaysian shuttler, Lee Chong Wei, who got the franchises really excited, triggering a bidding war between Mumbai Masters and the Delhi Smashers.

IBL auction: Hyderabad bags Saina as Lee Chong Wei goes to Mumbai

Hyderabad Hotshots bought Saina for $120,000 but Lee Chong Wei proved to be the costliest, going to Mumbai Masters for $135,000.

Eventually, Mumbai, which has cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar among its consortium of owners, came out trumps to bag the biggest international name in fray at the auction for Rs 8,019,032 approximately.

Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Parupalli Kashyap, also an icon player, was picked up by Banga Beats for $75,000 (Rs 4,455,622 approx).

Rising star PV Sindhu was the big buy netted by Lucknow Warriors for $80,000 (Rs 4,752,664 approx), while feisty doubles star Jwala Gutta went to Delhi Smashers at $31,000 (Rs 1,841,699). Jwala's base price was $25,000 (Rs 1,485,241).

In another interesting bidding war between Delhi and Pune Piston, little-known Vietnamese Tinh Minh Nyugen was sold to the latter at $44,000 (Rs 2,614,024), way above his base price of $25,000.

The franchises owners - PVP Group (Hyderabad), BOP Group (Bangalore), Krrish Group (Delhi), Sahara (Lucknow), Burman family (Pune) and consortium of cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, Telugu film star Akkineni Nagarjuna and former cricketer V Chamundeshwarnath (Mumbai) - have a cap of approximately $275,000 to fill the slot of 66 players.

The six franchises will buy a total of 11 players each. Six of these will be from India, four foreign players and one Indian junior player.

ABANGA BEATSNationalityPlayerPlayer BoughtTotal Amount Bid(275, 000)
1 IndianP kashyap (MS)75, 000200, 000
2 IntlHu Yun (MS)50, 000150, 000
3 IntlTai Tzu Ying (MS)25, 000125, 000
4 IntlCarolina Marin (WS)10, 000115, 000
5 IntlCarston Margensen (MD)50, 00065, 000
6 IndianAkshay Dhanwalkar (MD)36, 00029, 000
7 IndianAparna Balan12, 00017, 000
8 IndianAditya Prakash5, 00012, 000
9 IndianArvind Bhat7, 5004, 500
10 IndianJ Meghana4, 000500

BHyderabad HotshotsNationalityPlayerPlayer BoughtTotal Amount Bid(275, 000)
1 IndianSaina Nehwal (WS)120, 000155, 000
2 IntlTaufik Hidayat (MS)15, 000140, 000
3 IndianAjay Jayaram (MS)25, 000115, 000
4 IntlV Shem Goh (MD)10, 000105, 000
5 IndianTarun Kona (MD)28, 00077, 000
6 IndianPradenya Gadre46, 00031, 000
7 IntlKhim Wah Lim10, 00021, 000
8 IntlTanongsak 15, 0006, 000
9 IndianKanthi Visalakshi P. 3, 0003, 000
10 IndianShubhankar Dey3, 0000

CDelhiNationalityPlayerPlayer BoughtTotal Amount Bid(275, 000)
1 IndianJwala (WD)31, 000244, 000
2 IntlWong Wing Ki (MS)20 , 000224, 000
3 IndianH.S. Prannoy (MS)16, 000208, 000
4 IndianSai Praneeth (MS)40, 000168, 000
5 IndianArundhati Panthawane (WS)15, 000153, 000
6 IntlBoon Hoeng tan (MD)50, 000103, 000
7 IntlKien Keat Koo (MD)50, 00053, 000
8 IndianV. Diju (MD)30, 00023, 000
9 IntlNichaon Jindapon15, 0008, 000
10 IndianPrajakta Sawant7, 0001, 000

DMumbai mastersNationalityPlayerPlayer BoughtTotal Amount Bid(275, 000)
1 IntlLee Chong Wei (MS)135, 000140, 000
2 IntlMarc Zweibler (MS)15, 000125, 000
3 IntlTine Baun (WS)30, 00095, 000
4 IndiaPranav Jerry Chopra (MD)36, 00059, 000
5 IndiaManu Attri (MD)10, 00049, 000
6 IndiaSiki Reddy11, 00038, 000
7 IndiaPC Thulasi10, 00028, 000
8 IntlVladimir Ivanov15, 00013, 000
9 IndiaRasika Raje3, 00010, 000
10 IndiaSumeet Reddy7,5000

EPune PistonsNationalityPlayerPlayer BoughtTotal Amount Bid(275, 000)
1 IndianAshwini Ponappa(WD)25, 000250, 000
2 IntlNyugen tien Minh (MS)44, 000206, 000
3 IndianSaurabh Verma (MS)20,000186, 000
4 IndianAnup Sridhar (MS)6, 000180, 000
5 IntlJuliane Schenk (WS)90, 00090, 000
6 IntlJoachiam Fischer Nielsen35, 00055, 000
7 IndianSanave Thomas5, 00050, 000
8 IndianArun Vishnu26, 00024, 000
9 Wee Kiong Tan
10 Rupesh Kumar 4, 000

FLucknow WarriorsNationalityPlayerPlayer BoughtTotal Amount Bid(275, 000)
1 IndianPV Sindhu (WS)80, 000195, 000
2 IntlWeng Fei Chong (MS)25, 000170, 000
3 IndianGuru Sai Dutt (MS)40, 000130, 000
4 IndianK Srikanth (MS)34, 00096, 000
5 IntlSapsiree (WS)15, 00081, 000
6 IndianRuthvika Shivani (WS)3, 00078, 000
7 IntlMarcis Kido15, 50062, 500
8 IntlManeepong Jongjit10, 00052, 500
9 IndianK Maneesha26, 00026, 500
10 IndianNanda Gopal (MS)10, 00016, 500

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