Reigning Olympic champion and in-form Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin has been bought by debutant Premier Badminton League (PBL) franchise Pune 7 Aces for Rs 80 lakhs. On the other hand, Indian star shuttlers -- Saina Nehwal and P.V.Sindhu -- were ropped in by Hyderabad Hunters and North Eastern Warriors respectively during PBL auction here on Monday.
Saina, the London Olympics bronze medallist, has not been in the best of form lately but was still bought as an icon player by the North Eastern Warriors for Rs 80 lakhs. Her earlier franchise was Awadhi Warrios for the past three editions.
Atfer the auction, Saina shared a video on Twitter and said, "PBL Season 4 is coming up. I am really happy to know that I am with the North Eastern Warriors. So, really looking forward to play."
Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver medallist, will represent Hyderabad franchise following the defending champions' spending Rs 80 lakhs on the star shuttler. In addition, world number nine Sung Ji Hyun was picked by Chennai Smashers, also for Rs 80 lakh.
In the men's category, former world number 1 and Denmark's Victor Axelsen was picked up by Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 80 lakh. World number six, and out-of-form, Kidambi Srikanth will now wear Bengaluru Raptor's jersey for the same amount.
Further more, H.S. Prannoy has been bought by Delhi Dashers after a bidding war with Mumbai Rockets (Rs 80 lakhs). South Korea's Sung Ji Hyun and Lee Yong Dae were also taken by Chennai Smashers and Mumbai, respectively, for the same price.
The Awadh Warriors incurred Rs 70 lakhs to bag South Korean Son Wan Ho's services whereas Pune bought Denmark's Mathias Boe for Rs 50 lakh.
Teenaged sensation Lakshya Sen has been ropped in by Pune for Rs 11 lakhs. Lastly, another youngster Satwiksairaj Rankireddy went for a whopping Rs 52 lakhs to Ahmedabad Smash Masters.