Posted on: July 25, 2013
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IBL: Organizers have halved the base prices of all the players without informing them

By Antara Das

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IBL: Organizers have halved the base prices of all the players without informing them

In a series of incidents, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were not the only ones “betrayed” in the Indian Badminton League auction recently. It has emerged on Monday that the IBL organizers have halved the base price of icon players Gutta and Ponnappa without informing them. As a result, the shock became even greater.
Other Indian players like Ajay Jayaram who has a current world ranking of 24, Sanave Thomas as well as Anup Sridhar were also shocked when they realized that their base price were reduced too without informing them.
Sanave Thomas, who represented India at the last CWG games and also participated in the Asian Games revealed that they were shocked when they came to know that they were sold for $5000. When they signed the consent form, they had mentioned an amount of $15000 in lines with the norms set by them. If they informed them that it was $5000, they would have revisited their decision to be part of the auction.
Not only Sanave, his partner Rupesh Kumar was sold to Pune Pistons for $5,000 too. According to many agency copies, Jayaram signed on consent form with his base price at US $30,000 but he was sold for US $25,000. In fact, the problem is that they weren’t informed of the change. In addition, Sanave mentioned that Anup Sridhar signed on a consent form too with his base price of $15,000 but he was amazingly sold for just $6,000.
The IBL decided that the ‘little’ issues can just be brushed aside. Why? Because the ‘poor’ badminton players should be glad to earn any money.
The IBL informed the players that for the base price, their BWF rankings will be considered. Actually, doubles players will be considered as individuals and not as a team. They added that base price will be the starting point for the player at the players’ auction.
The IBL organizers were taking into consideration the below points while deciding the base price. They had conveyed all these points to the players prior getting them to sign on the consent form.
•    Indian singles players in the apex 40 BWF rankings will get a base price equivalent to US$ 20,000.
•    Indian doubles players in apex 25 BWF rankings will get base price equivalent to US$ 20,000.
•    Indian senior internationals (World Championship, Uber Cup, Thomas Cup, CWG, Sudirman Cup, Asian Games) winning players will get equivalent to US$ 15,000.
•    Indian singles players with apex 10 national rankings will get equivalent to US$ 10,000.
•    Indian doubles players with apex 10 national rankings will get equivalent to US$ 7,500.
•    Indian singles players with 11-25 national rankings will get equivalent to US$ 5,000.
•    Indian doubles players with 11-25 national rankings will get equivalent to US$ 3,000.
•    Other eminent Indian players will have a base price equivalent to US$ 2,000.

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