World Champion PV Sindhu was retained by Hyderabad Hunters for a maximum player cap of Rs 77 Lakh while world number one Tai Tzu Ying was sold at the same price to defending champions Bengaluru Raptors after bidding war with Pune 7 Aces at the PBL auction in the national capital on Tuesday.
The auction also saw crazy bidding for world no 7 doubles player Satwiksairaj Rankireddy among Awadhe Warriors, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Superstarz and was finally sold for 62 lakh to Chennai.
Parupalli Kashyap bought for 43 lakhs by Mumbai.
Ko Sung Hyun- Awadh Warriors- 55 Lakh
Lee Cheuk Yu- North East Warriors- 50 Lakhs
Shin Baek Cheol- Awadh- 45 Lakh
Olympic medallist Lee Yong Dae bought by North East Warriors for 44 lakhs. Awadhe Warriors retained Beiwen Zhang for Rs 39 lakhs, Bengaluru Raptors retained B Sai Praneeth for Rs 32 Lakhs and Chennai Superstarz B Summeth Reddy for Rs 11 Lakhs. Mumbai Rockets retained Kim Gi Jung for 45 Lakh and Pune 7 Aces retained Chirag Shetty for 15.5 Lakh. Only Northeastern Warriors did not retain any player.
Total number of Teams: 7
Total number of Venues: 4 (Hyderabad, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Chennai)
Total number of players: 154
Total number of Indians: 74
Total number of foreigners: 80
Auction purse for each Team: INR 2 crore
Player cap: INR 77 lakh
Minimum Players per Team: 9
Maximum Players per Team: 11
Maximum Number of Foreign Players per Team: 6
Minimum Number of female shuttlers per Team: 3
Total Prize Money: INR 6 crores