IBL to give points for number of matches won by teams

Mumbai: Teams losing ties against other franchises would still gain points for the number of matches won in the best-of-five encounters in the upcoming Indian Badminton League.

"There will be a bonus point for the winners of each tie, plus points for the number of matches won. For example, if one team blanks another team 5-0, the winners would get six points, while for 4-1 and 3-2 verdicts the points awarded to the winning team would be 5 and 4, respectively," IBL sources revealed on Thursday.

"Also, the teams losing 2-3 or 1-4 would stand to gain 2 or 1 point, respectively," they added.

Each tie would consist of two men`s singles, one men`s doubles, one mixed doubles and one women`s singles matches.

The inaugural edition of IBL involving six franchises is to be held from August 14-31 in six cities across the country.

The six franchise teams to take part in the league are: Delhi Smashers, Hyderabad Hotshots, Banga Beats (Bangalore), Mumbai Masters, Lucknow Warriors and Pune Pistons.

At the auctions held in Delhi on Monday, men`s world no. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and India`s stalwart Saina Nehwal were the costliest buys by Mumbai and Hyderabad for USD 135,000 and 120,000, respectively.