Indian Badminton League auction on July 19

More than 150 players are expected to go under the hammer at the auction for 66 slots for the six teams: Hyderabad HotShots (Hyderabad), Karnataka Kings (Bangalore), Lucknow Warriors (Lucknow), Mumbai Masters (Mumbai), Pune Vijetas (Pune) and Rajdhani Smashers (Delhi).

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal will have iconic status

Each franchise can feature 11 players, with a maximum of four foreign shuttlers and one Under-19 player from their catchment area.

The auction will be conducted by London-based auctioneer Bob Hayton.

There will be six icon players starting with a base price of $50,000, for whom franchises will bid from draw of lots. Indian stars Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Parupalli Kashyap and PV Sindhu will have icon status while a leading foreign star will be the sixth icon player.

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