Marin, Sindhu & Saina to go under hammer for PBL 2

TIL Desk Sports/ Top shuttlers, including Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain and Rio silver medallists P V Sindhu, will be for grabs when the high-profile Players’ Auction for the lucrative Premier Badminton League (PBL) gets underway here on Wednesday.

Besides Marin and Sindhu, Olympic bronze winner Viktor Axelsen of Denmark will be among the 16 Olympic medallists who have confirmed their participation at the second edition of the event to be held from January 1 to 14.

PBL, which is the revamped edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL), will, however, see the top shuttlers from China and Japan give it a miss as they would be busy with their respective national tournaments.

The 15-day league will see six teams, namely Delhi Acers, Mumbai Rockets, Chennai Smashers, Hyderabad Hunters, Awadhe Warriors and Bangalore Blasters (earlier Bangalore Top Guns) battle for a total prize purse of Rs 6 crore, making it the highest prize money badminton tournament in the world.

The six-team strong competition will be held in state of the art stadia across the country, including Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi and Lucknow. Each franchise will be splashing Rs. 1.93 crore to build a formidable team, with the individual price for the top players likely to go up to a phenomenal amount of Rs 65 lakhs for the two-week league.

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