Your guide to the Indian Badminton League
Witness the action...
Mumbai (Sardar vallabhai patel stadium, worli)
19-Aug 8pm Hotshots vs Pistons
20-Aug 8pm Krrish Smashers vs Masters
31-Aug 8pm IBL Final
Pune (balewadi sports complex)
22-Aug 4pm Hotshots vs Masters
8pm Awadhe Warriors vs Krrish Smashers
23-Aug 8pm Pistons vs Banga Beats
Or on television...
Star Sports 2 & ESPN
Note these rule changes...
The standard two-point gap to win a game has been abandoned in favour of a race to 21 points for the first two games and 11 points for the decider, if needed. There will also be a minute’s commercial break after the seventh and 14th points in the first two games and after the sixth point in the decider.
Each team will play on a home-and-away basis in the preliminary league, with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals. All ties, including the August 31 final in Mumbai, will have five matches — two men’s singles, and one each in women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. In the group stage, all five matches in a contest will have to be completed even if a team wins the first three. But in the semi-finals, the team winning the first three advances to the final and will not have to play the remaining two matches.
* Hyderabad Hotshots
* Bangalore’s Banga Beats
* Krrish Delhi Smashers
* Lucknow’s Awadhe Warriors
* Pune Pistons
* Mumbai Masters
Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, an enthusiastic badminton player whenever he is in town, is the brand ambassador for Mumbai Masters
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