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IBL auction: Saina in Hyderabad, Lee Chong Wei goes to Mumbai

July 22, 2013 22:12 IST

Star players Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei fetched whopping prices of US $120,000 and 135,000 respectively, while unheralded Pradnya Gadre and K Maneesha received unexpected high bids in the players' auction of the US $1 million Indian Badminton League, in Delhi, on Monday.

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina was bought by Hyderabad Hotshots for approximately Rs 71,27,796 after beating bids of Lucknow Warriors and Pune Pistons in the much-awaited auction, where over 150 players went under the hammer for 66 slots to fill six teams.

Each team will have six Indians, four foreigners and an Indian junior player.

World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, however, was the costliest deal. He was purchased by Mumbai Masters for approximately Rs 8,019,032. The Mumbai franchise beat the bids of Banga Beats and Krrish Delhi Smashers.

Saina Nehwal after winning bronze at the London OlympicsSaina, one of the six icon players with base price of US $50,000 (Rs 29,86,264), had stated that she would prefer to be either with the Hyderabad or Lucknow team with a slight tilt towards her hometown.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Parupalli Kashyap, also an icon player, was picked up by Banga Beats for US $75,000 (Rs 4,455,622 approx), while rising star P V Sindhu was the big buy, netted by Lucknow Warriors for US $80,000 (Rs 4,752,664 approx).

In another interesting bidding war between Bangalore and Hyderabad, doubles player Pradnya Gadre fetched a whopping US $46,000 after starting with a base price of US $10,000, while little-known Maneesha was sold at US $26,000, more than six times her base price of US $4000.

Commonwealth Games women's doubles champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa went to Delhi Smashers at US $31,000 (Rs 18,51,520) and US $25,000 (14,93,125) after their base price was reduced from US $50,000 to US $25,000 following a meeting of all the franchises at the last moment.

"Last night we had a closed bidding but then two players, Jwala and Ashwini, went unsold, so it was scrapped and it was decided that their base price be slashed to US $25,000 and all icon players should be put under the hammer at the auction," said Ashish Chadha, CEO of Sporty Solutionz, the commercial partner of IBL.

"Since Jwala and Ashwini were signed as icon players keeping in mind the women's doubles, which was later replaced with another men's singles player, the IBL decided to safeguard their interest by paying them the deficit amount and give them a chance to fetch a bigger amount in the auction," added Chadha.

World No 7 Vietnamese Tinh Minh Nyugen and world No 4 Germany’s Juliane Schenk were bought by Pune at US $44,000 and 90,000 after starting at a the base price of US $25,000 and 50,000.

Among others, Akshay Dewalkar (US $36,000), Sai Praneeth (US $40,000), V Diju (US $30,000), Pranav Jerry Chopra (US $36,000), Arun Vishnu (US $26,000) and K Srikanth (US $34,000) also fetched interesting deals at the auction, which was postponed twice in the past.

The six franchise owners, who had a cap on their bid spending of US $275,000, however, didn't show any interest in Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana (ranked fourth), Japan's Kenechi Tago (ranked fifth), Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto (ranked eighth) and Sony Dwi Kuncoro (ranked 10th) as they will not be available for the entire tournament, which will be held from August 14 to 31.

"I am disappointed because it took a lot for us to get this players on board but I can understand the franchises point of view. They also can't help as these players are not available for the entire event," Chadha said.

All the six franchises -- 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) were satisfied with their buys.

 

 

 

Banga Beats

 

 

 

Country

Player

Base Price

Player Bought

1

India

P kashyap (MS)

$50,000

75, 000

2

Hong Kong

Hu Yun (MS)

$50,000

50, 000

3

Taiwan

Tai Tzu Ying (MS)

$25,000

25, 000

4

Spain

Carolina Marin (WS)

$10,000

10, 000

5

Denmark

Carsten Margensen (MD)

$50000

50, 000

6

India

Akshay Dewalkar(MD)

$15,000

36, 000

7

India

Aparna Balan

$10,000

12, 000

8

India

Aditya Prakash

$5000

5, 000

9

India

Arvind Bhat

$7,500

7, 500

10

India

J Meghana

$4,000

4, 000

 

 

 

Hyderabad Hotshots

 

 

 

Country

Player

Base Price

Player Bought

1

India

Saina Nehwal (WS)

$50,000

120, 000

2

Indonesia

Taufik Hidayat (MS)

$15,000

15, 000

3

India

Ajay Jayaram (MS)

$25,000

25, 000

4

Malaysia

V Shem Goh

$10,000

10, 000

5

India

Tarun Kona (MD)

$15,000

28, 000

6

India

Pradenya Gadre

$10,000

46, 000

7

Malaysia

Khim Wah Lim

$10,000

10, 000

8

Thailand

Tanongsak

$15,000

15, 000

9

India

Kanthi Visalakshi P.

$3,000

3, 000

10

India

Shubhankar Dey

$3,000

3, 000

 

 

 

Delhi Smashers

 

 

 

Country

Player

 

Player Bought

1

India

Jwala (WD)

$25,000

$31, 000

2

Hong Kong

Wong Wing Ki (MS)

$20,000

$20 , 000

3

India

H.S. Prannoy (MS)

$15,000

$16, 000

4

India

Sai Praneeth (MS)

$15,000

$40, 000

5

India

Arundhati Panthawane (WS)

$15,000

$15, 000

6

Malaysia

Boon Hoeng tan (MD)

$25,000

$50, 000

7

Malaysia

Kien Keat Koo (MD)

$25,000

$50, 000

8

India

V. Diju (MD)

$15,000

$30, 000

9

Thailand

Nichaon Jindapon

$15,000

$15, 000

10

India

Prajakta Sawant

$7,000

$7, 000

 

 

 

Mumbai Masters

 

 

 

Country

Player

 

Player Bought

1

Malaysia

Lee Chong Wei (MS)

$50,000

$135, 000

2

Germany

Marc Zwiebler (MS)

$15,000

$15, 000

3

Denmark

Tine Baun (WS)

$30,000

$30, 000

4

India

Pranav Jerry Chopra (MD)

$15,000

$36, 000

5

India

Manu Attri (MD)

$10,000

$10, 000

6

India

Siki Reddy

$10,000

$11, 000

7

India

PC Thulasi

$10,000

$10, 000

8

Russia

Vladimir Ivanov

$15,000

$15, 000

9

India

Rasika Raje

$3,000

$3, 000

10

India

Sumeet Reddy

$7000

$7500

 

 

 

Pune Pistons

 

 

 

Country

Player

Base Price

Player Bought

1

India

Ashwini Ponappa(WD)

$25,000

$25, 000

2

Vietnam

Nyugen tien Minh (MS)

$25,000

$44, 000

3

India

Saurabh Verma (MS)

$20,000

$20000

4

India

Anup Sridhar (MS)

$5,000

$6, 000

5

Germany

Juliane Schenk (WS)

$50,000

$90, 000

6

Denmark

Joachiam Fischer Nielsen

$35,000

$35, 000

7

India

Sanave Thomas

$5,000

$5, 000

8

India

Arun Vishnu

$10,000

$26, 000

9

Malaysia

Wee Kiong Tan

$15,000

$15,000

10

India

Rupesh Kumar

$5,000

$5,000

 

 

 

Lucknow Warriors

 

 

 

Country

Player

 

Player Bought

1

India

PV Sindhu (WS)

$50,000

$80, 000

2

Malaysia

Weng Fei Chong (MS)

$25,000

$25, 000

3

India

Guru Sai Dutt (MS)

$25,000

$40, 000

4

India

K Srikanth (MS)

$15,000

$34, 000

5

Thailand

Sapsiree (WS)

$15,000

$15, 000

6

India

Ruthvika Shivani (WS)

$3000

$3, 000

7

Indonesia

Markis Kido

$15,500

$15, 500

8

Thailand

Maneepong Jongjit

$10,000

$10, 000

9

India

K Maneesha

$4,000

$26, 000

10

India

Nanda Gopal (MS)

$10,000

$10, 000

Image: Saina Nehwal after winning bronze at the London Olympics

Photograph: Harish Kotian 

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