When the Ahmedabad Smash Masters bought Indian shuttler HS Prannoy for a whopping Rs. 62 lakhs in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2018 players’ auction in Hyderabad on Tuesday, he became the costliest player for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, PV SindhuSaina Nehwaland Kidambi Srikanth were retained by their respective franchises.

It was an intense battle between the Mumbai Rockets and the Ahmedabad Smash Masters to secure the services of Prannoy. In the end, the Mumbai franchise realised that the Ahmedabad franchise was not going to back out at any cost and consequently, gave up the battle. The eventual cost of Rs 62 lakhs meant a mammoth increment (nearly 250 percent) for the young shuttler.



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