Shuttler Tai Tzu-ying among star attractions at PBL auction

Tai Tzu-ying to be up for auction for the Premier Badminton League in India's Hyderabad

Tai Tzu-ying. (By Central News Agency)

NEW DELHI (Taiwan News) -- World champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and Taiwanese shuttler Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) will be up for grabs when the high-profile Players' Auction for the lucrative Premier Badminton League (PBL) gets underway in Indian city's Hyderabad on Monday, reports Press Trust of India.

Axelsen, the newly crowned World No.1 after he clinched his maiden World Championship gold at Glasgow, and reigning All England champion Tai Tzu, who also won titles at Malaysia, Singapore, have confirmed their participation at the PBL, to be organized by Sportzlive under the aegis of Badminton Association of India (BAI). The auction allows each franchise to spend Rs 21.2 million rupees on their team.

A total of 133 players will go under the hammer.

As many as 10 Olympic medalists (including 3 multiple medal winners) and eight medalists from the recently- concluded World Championships have confirmed their presence for the Rs 6 crore League, which gets under way in December.

PBL 3 will be a strong eight-team league, with the addition of two more franchises. It will begin on December 22 and conclude on January 14 and will enthrall fans at Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chennai and Guwahati.

Each team can splurge a maximum of Rs 72 lakh on one player out of their total purse of Rs 2.12 crore.

Players from as many as 11 countries, including China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany and Hong Kong will be up for grabs in the mega auction.

The 24-day league will see eight teams -- Delhi Acers, Mumbai Rockets, Bengaluru Blasters, Chennai Smashers, Hyderabad Hunters, North Eastern Warriors, Ahmedabad Smash Masters and Awadhe Warriors -- in action.