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Prannoy, Tai Tzu to spearhead debutants Ahmedabad Masters

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

World men's number 10 H S Prannoy and women's world no 1 Tai Tzu-Ying of Taipei are to lead the challenge of debutants Smash Masters in the upcoming Badminton League set to be held from December 23 to January 14.

However, the league debutants will have to play outside their home city as only five venues - Guwahati, Delhi, Lucknow, and - have been earmarked to play all the matches in the League, according to Prasad Mangipudi of Sportzlive which is organising the league in conjunction with the Badminton Association of

"We are using the venues on rotation. Last year the teams reached one venue just two hours before a tie. Next year the matches will be held in Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru," said Mangipudi.

Apart from Prannoy and Tai Tzu, the team will also have players such as Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark, Lee Chun Hui Reginald and Cheuk Him of and former national champion Sourabh Verma.

The others in the squad are Kidambi Nandagopal, brother of India's top male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, A S S Siril Verma, Sri Krishna Priya and Stefani Stoeva of Bulgaria.

"Last year the start was great for me. I am really optimistic about my new team. I am ready for it (PBL)," said Prannoy.

Apart from Ahmedabad, the North Eastern Warriors are also making their debut in the third edition of the franchise-based league.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 15:50 IST