The players auction started after more than two hours delay, and the first player to go under the hammer was the women’s world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying, one of the nine icon players, who was bought by Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 52 lakh.
Rio Olympics gold medallist Carolina Marin from Spain was bought by Hyderabad Hunters, the team she played last season, for a base price of Rs 50 lakh.
Newly-crowned world champion and world no 1, Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, was bought by his old team, Bengaluru Blasters, for Rs 50 lakh, while world number 2 Son Wan Ho and World number 5 Sung Ji Hyun went to Delhi Acers for Rs 50 lakh each.
China’s Tzu Wei Wang, who is ranked 10th in the world in men’s singles, will be the icon player for North Eastern Warriors after he was bought by them for Rs 52 lakh.
Olympic silver medallist in doubles, Christinna Pedersen, became the most expensive doubles player after she was picked up by Awadhe Warriors for Rs 42 lakh.
Pedersen’s partner Kamilla Rytter Juhl went to Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 35 lakh.
Doubles specialists Prajakta Sawant and Chirag Shetty were bought by North Eastern Warriors for Rs 7 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively; India’s top doubles shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa went to Delhi Acers for Rs 20 lakh, while Manu Attri was picked by Bengaluru Blasters for Rs 17 lakh.
India’s top mixed doubles player, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, was taken by Delhi Acers for Rs 18 lakh, while young doubles player Arathi Sara Sunil will make her PBL debut for Delhi Acers, who bought her for Rs 3 lakh.