KalingaTV News Network
Hyderabad: India’s ace shuttlers P V Sindhu , Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth were retained by their respective franchises at the players auction of the third edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) here on Monday.
Defending champions Chennai Smashers retained Olympic silver medalist and World No. 2 Sindhu for Rs 48.75 lakhs, while World Championship bronze medalist Saina Nehwal was retained for Rs 41, 25,000 by Awadhe Warriors.
Srikanth, who clinched back-to-back titles in Indonesia and Australia, will also play for his old team Awadhe Warriors after they used the ‘Right To Match’ card. He will now get Rs 56,10,000.
According to the rules, each retained player will receive a 25 per cent hike in his/her salary from last year, while players who are bought by using the ‘Right-To-Match’ card only get a 10 per cent increase from last year’s selling price.
PBL 3 will begin on December 22 and conclude on January 14. Eight teams – Delhi Acers, Mumbai Rockets, Bengaluru Blasters, Chennai Smashers, Hyderabad Hunters, North Eastern Warriors, Ahmedabad Smash Masters and Awadhe Warriors – are participating in the mega event.
The matches will be played in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chennai and Guwahati.