Indian Badminton League is the first tournament where Badminton Players can smell good money for their quality performances. No wonder foreign players, except China, gave their approval to it. To make the matches viewer-friendly the International rules were tweaked. Even Players, including icons, raised
concerns to add controversy. On August 14th at Delhi, a day before India’s Independence, IBL starts its first 17-day season that will end at Mumbai.
The first of its kind in Badminton across the globe.
- Duration: 14-31 Aug
Broadcasters: ESPN and Star Sports 2
Title Sponsor: Vodafone
Brand Ambassadors: Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone
Match Timing: 8 p.m. (IST) and (for three days) 4 p.m. (IST)
Prize Money: 1 Million
Money for Franchise: 1.5 crore
Base Price for 6 icons: USD 50000
Among 150 players there were surprises. Chetan Anand going unsold was one of them. Yet 60 players were sold to 6 Franchises.
- Players Available for Bidding: 150
Players Sold During Bidding: 60
Costliest: $135,000 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
$120,000 Saina Nehwal
$90,000 Julian Schenk (Germany)
$80,000 PV Sindhu
$75,000 P Kashyap
Each Franchise has to adhere to number of type of players in the team to maintain overall balance.
- 7: Indian Players
4: Foreign Players
1: Junior National Player
Change in Badminton Rules for IBL
- The winner in IBL will be the one who first reaches 21 points in the first two games unlike established rules where s/he needs a two-point gap. Also, if the game goes into the third and decider set, it will be an 11-point match and not a 21-point final battle as has been prevalent.