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Your guide to the Indian Badminton League

Watch out for:

Lee Chong Wei: Mumbai Masters, J Schenk:  Pune Pistons , P Kashyap: Banga Beats, Saina Nehwal: H Hotshots, PV Sindhu:  A Warriors, T Hidayat: H Hotshots
Lee Chong Wei: Mumbai Masters, J Schenk: Pune Pistons , P Kashyap: Banga Beats, Saina Nehwal: H Hotshots, PV Sindhu: A Warriors and T Hidayat: H Hotshots 

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.

The format:
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.

The teams
* 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

Team composition
Six Indians
Four foreigners
One junior India player 

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