It was also announced that former World No 1 and legendary Malaysian shuttler Rashid Sidek will coach the Delhi Smashers.
Speaking on his appointment, Sidek said, “This is a historic moment for badminton. It will be a great challenge to bind players from different nationalities and background and I’m looking forward to the IBL.”
Sidek won the Thomas Cup, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bronze and two Commonwealth Games gold medals during his career. After retiring, Sidek was instrumental in motivating and coaching the new generation of Malaysian players, including current World No 1 Lee Chong Wei.