Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu has been rested from the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event while senior pro Saina Nehwal will be vying for top honours in all three upcoming tournaments.
India will be sending full teams for the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold (May 30-June 4), Indonesia Open Super Series (June 12-18) and Australian Open Super Series (June 20-25).
The Thailand Open will feature a host of youngsters keeping in mind the busy international calendar up ahead for the Indian shuttlers.
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Thursday announced the teams for the next three tournaments after a selection committee meeting was held in Kolkata during last two days.
World No 22 Sai Praneeth will lead the Indian challenge in Thailand in the men's singles along with fit-again Parupalli Kashyap in action.
"We have announced the team in advance so that the players can plan their travel properly and have ample time to prepare better both physically and mentally for the tournaments," Anup Narang, Honorary General Secretary and official spokesperson of BAI said.
Thailand Open (May 30 - June 4): Men's Singles – Rahul Yadav, Harsheel Dani, Subhankar Dey, P Kashyap, B.Sai Praneeth, Siril Verma, Sourav Verma;
Women’s Singles – Saina Nehwal, Rituparna Das, Ruthvika Shivani, Akarshi Kashyap, Ira Sharma; Women’s Doubles – J Meghna/Poorvisha Ram; Men’s Doubles – Shlok Ramachandra/MR Arjun
Indonesia Open (June 12 - June 18): Men's Singles – Ajay Jayaram, Kidambi Srikanth, H.S Prannoy, P Kashyap, B.Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma;
Women’s Singles – PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal; Women’s Doubles – Ashwini Ponappa/Sikki Reddy; Mixed Doubles – Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Sikki Reddy, Sumeeth Reddy/Ashwini Ponappa; Men’s Doubles – Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy, Chirag Shetty/Satwik Sairaj
Australian Open (June 20 - June 25): Men's Singles – Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma, Parupalli Kashyap, Ajay Jayaram, H.S. Prannoy, Sai Praneeth; Women’s Singles – Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu ; Men’s Doubles – Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy, Chirag Shetty/Satwik Sairaj; Women’s Doubles – Ashwini Ponappa/Sikki Reddy; Mixed Doubles – Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Sikki Reddy, Sumeeth Reddy/Ashwini Ponappa.
Image: PV Sindhu