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IBL: Know your team - Hyderabad Hotshots

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IBL: Know your team - Hyderabad Hotshots
Indian Badminton League (IBL) is a franchise-based city teams tournament which is worth $1 million. This is the richest badminton league in the world. Six teams will be seen in action from August 14 to 31, 2013. This year's is the inaugural edition of IBL. Krrish Delhi Smashers, Lucknow Warriors, Mumbai Masters, Banga Beats, Pune Pistons and Hyderabad Hotshots are the teams.

Also read: Banga Beats; Mumbai Masters; Lucknow Warriors; Krrish Delhi Smashers; Pune Pistons

The six franchises had a purse of $275,000 to buy players in the auction, which was held a few days back in Delhi. Each team comprises of 11 players - four foreign, six Indians and one junior.

Matches will be played on home and away format in four categories - men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles and mixed doubles.

The top four will make the semi-finals. The final is scheduled for August 31 in Mumbai.

Hyderabad's star player and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal called the launch of IBL as a "historic moment."

"This is a historic moment for Indian badminton. Post-2012 Olympics, the junoon for badminton has reached a peak in India. I'm confident the Indian Badminton League will make the game even more popular amongst the masses and fulfill the high expectations it has raised," she said.

Saina is the costliest female player in IBL. She was bought by Hyderabad for $120,000.

Here, get to know about Hyderabad franchise - Hyderabad Hotshots.

Team - Hyderabad Hotshots

Owners: PVP Group

List of players purchased in the auction

Saina Nehwal (India) $120,000

Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand) $15,000

Ajay Jayram (India) $25,000

Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia) $15,000

Khim Wah Lim (Malaysia) $10,000

V Shem Goh (Malaysia) $10,000

Tarun Kona (India) $28,000

Pradenya Gadre (India) $46,000

Kanthi Visalakhi (India) $3,000

Shubhankar Dey (India) $3,000

Hyderabad Hotshots schedule

Vs Lucknow Warriors - August 15

Vs Delhi Smashers - August 17

Vs Pune Pistons - August 19

Vs Mumbai Masters - August 22

Vs Banga Beats - August 27

OneIndia News

Story first published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 15:04 [IST]
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