The Premier Badminton League Season 4 auction in the Capital has created some unrest in the fraternity over raw deal to some of the top stars of Indian badminton.
While India’s No. 1 men’s and mixed doubles player Pranaav Jerry Chopra has failed to find a favour from any of the franchisees, veterans P Kashyap and Guru Sai Dutt have got deals not befitting their class and stature.
While it’s a franchisee’s prerogative to decide what bid it wants to put on player based upon its plans and strategy, badminton fraternity has been voicing its concern over Indian talent being ignored in India’s league.
“Shocked to know India’s top mixed doubles players Pranaav Jerry Chopra and even Shlok Ramchandran, Sanyam Shukla not being selected for Premier Badminton League – PBL. I stand by them and request Indian badminton fraternity to show their support by tweeting/posting. It matters to us if top Indian badminton players are left out of the Indian (badminton) league,” Indian international B Sumeeth Reddy has posted on social media in support of fellow doubles star Chopra and the most promising duo of Shlok and Sanyam.
Pranaav Jerry Chopra, the 2018 Commonwealth Games mixed doubles gold medallist who forms a formidable pair with Sikki Reddy, has been left out of the PBL Season 4.
Veteran P Kashyap got a mere ₹ 5 lakh deal in the top bid from Chennai Smashers, while another top star Guru Said Dutt is acquired by Awadhe Warriors for only ₹ 7 lakh.
Siril Verma (₹ 3 lakh from North East Warriors), Prajkta Sawant (₹ 3 lakh from league’s new entrants Pune 7 Acers), Kidambi Srikanth’s elder brother Kidambi Nandagopal (₹ 1 lakh from Ahmedabad Smash Masters) and young talent Kuhoo Garg (₹ 2 lakh from Mumbai Rockets) are among the players who deserved better values for their talent and class.