Lee Chong Wei, Saina Nehwal star attractions at Indian Badminton League auction

Saina Nehwal was sold to the Hyderabad franchise while Lee Chong Wei was picked up by Mumbai at the Indian Badminton League auction. It was also revealed that Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa went unsold in a closed bidding on Sunday, so their base prices had to be slashed.

updated: July 22, 2013 21:17 IST
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New Delhi: Star players Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei fetched whopping prices of USD 120,000 and USD 135,000 respectively, while unheralded Pradnya Gadre and K Maneesha received unexpected high bids in the players' auction of the USD one million Indian Badminton League here on Monday. (Saina happy, Kashyap will miss 'home')

The London Olympic bronze medallist Saina was bought by Hyderabad Hotshots for approximately Rs 71,27,796 after beating the bids of Lucknow Warriors and Pune Pistons in the much-awaited auction where over 150 players went under the hammer for 66 slots to fill six teams. Each team will have six Indians, four foreigners and one Indian junior player each. ('Success of IBL auction proves growing popularity of sport')

World number one Lee Chong Wei, however, bagged the costliest deal when he was bought by Mumbai Masters for approximately Rs 8,019,032. The Mumbai franchise beat the bids of Banga Beats and Krrish Delhi Smashers. (The full list of auctioned players)

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