The players’ auction for the fifth season of the Premiere Badminton League (PBL, India) took place today.

Auction Rules
– Each team can spend a maximum of 2 Crores Indian Rupees (INR)
– Maximum value of a player is capped at 77L INR (77,00,000 INR). A draw is held if there are multiple teams bidding for the same player

Here is a list of the top 20 costliest players of the 2019-20 PBL

INRPrice in USDPlayerTeam
77L107K $PV SindhuHyderabad Hunters
77L107K $Tai Tzu YingBengaluru Raptors
62L86K $Satwiksairaj RankireddyChennai Super Starz
55L76K$Ko Sung HyunAwadhe Warriors
50L70K $Lee Cheuk YiuNorth Eastern Warriors
45L63K $Kim Gi JungMumbai Rockets
45L63K $Shin Baek CheolAwadhe Warriors
44L61K $Lee Yong DaeNorth Eastern Warriors
43L60K $Parupalli KashyapMumbai Rockets
41L60K $ Tommy SugiartoChennai Super Starz
41L60K $ Sourabh VermaHyderabad Hunters
40L56K $Hendra SetiawanPune 7 Aces
40L56K $Kim Sa RangMumbai Rockets
39L55K $Zhang BeiwenAwadhe Warriors
36L50K $Lakshya SenChennai Super Starz
36L50K $Loh Kean YewPune 7 Aces
33L46K $Daren LiewHyderabad Hunters
32L44K $B Sai PraneethBengaluru Raptors
32L44K $Chris AdcockPune 7 Aces
30L42K $Tse Ying SuetPune 7 Aces
30L42K $ Lee Dong KeunMumbai Rockets
30L42K $ Chan Peng SoonBengaluru Raptors
27L38K $Kim Ha NaNorth Eastern Warriors
25L35K $Tanongsak SaensomboonsukNorth Eastern Warriors
25L35K $Eom Hye-wonBengaluru Raptors
20L28K $Gabrielle AdcockChennai Super Starz
20L28K $Michelle LiNorth Eastern Warriors

*Player values in USD has been rounded off

There were few big names who went UNSOLD in the auction. The most surprising one was World no. 2 Mohammad Ahsan.

Here is the list of some of the top players who were not bought by any of the 7 teams of the PBL:

  • Mohammad Ahsan
  • Ashwini Ponappa
  • Tang Chung Man
  • Mads Conrad Petersen
  • Suppanyu Avihingsanon
  • Lee Hyun il
  • Chai Biao
  • Tan Boon Heong
  • Tian Houwei
  • Kamilla Rhytter Juhl
  • Lee Chia Hsin
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