World No.1 Lee Chong Wei to skip first IBL tie
World no.1 Lee Chong Wei, who was stretchered off the court during his world championship final, will miss Mumbai Masters' tie against the Banga Beats.
World No.1 and Mumbai Masters' icon player Lee Chong Wei has postponed travel plans and will miss his first Indian Badminton League (IBL) tie against the Banga Beats here Thursday.
The Malaysian, who skipped the opening ceremony of the IBL here Wednesday, was expected to arrive in time Thursday for his team's maiden outing. But now he will be arriving only Friday night.
The World No.1 had retired from the World Championships men's singles final Sunday with cramps against Chinese legend Lin Dan in Guangzhou and is not expected to be in top physical. He has a heavily strapped ankle.
"Lee Chong Wei will arrive in India on Friday night. He was supposed to come on Wednesday but had to delay his travel plans. He has a bandaged ankle but should be able to recover in time to play the tournament," Ashish Chadha, chief executive of IBL's commercial partner Sporty Solutionz, told IANS Thursday.
The Malaysian ace will join his team in Lucknow for their clash against the Pune Pistons Saturday.
Lee was bought by the Masters for a whopping $135,000 at the players' auction.