|Taufik Hidayat and Saina Nehwal
Calcutta/New Delhi: Indian doubles star Jwala Gutta on Wednesday hit out at Saina Nehwal for her comments that Taufik Hidayat should accept the reality of being a retired player and cannot get highest base price in the Indian Badminton League (IBL).
Hidayat, who is Saina’s IBL teammate in Hyderabad Hotshots, had complained of unfair treatment to foreign players by the league organisers. Hidayat was bought for $15,000 at his base price and the Indonesian felt he deserved much more.
Saina, however, said Hidayat should realise that he was a retired player, a comment which did not amuse Jwala. “Taufik Hidayat is one of the greatest players... and I don’t think u can dismiss his views just because he has “retired” from the game!!!!,” tweeted Jwala.
“I don’t know how anyone can talk about him in such manner......without giving him and his stature any respect...it’s absolutely sad!!!!,” she wrote.
Jwala did not name Saina in her series of tweets on the issue but in an apparent reference to the Hyderabadi, she said that she should understand Hidayat’s concern.
“No matter how big u have become in sport I think one should try and ustand what ur fellow players views r And work on it!!!,” she tweeted.
“Nobody can take away his achievements....just because he’s RETIRED!!!! He is and will always be one of the greatest badminton player!!!!
“And again it’s not about money....it’s about RESPECT!!!!!”
Hidayat had expressed unhappiness on the treatment he got from organisers during the auction, saying it was his first and last IBL as Indian players were given preference for high price than the foreign players.
|I don’t know how anyone can talk about him (Taufik) in such manner......without giving him and his stature any respect... it’s absolutely sad!!!!
“I felt bad when for the first time I saw on TV how much a player was bought for. I felt the IBL didn’t treat the foreign players in the right manner. The price slab that was set was nonsense. Most of the foreign players were sold for their base price while the Indian players were bought for much higher prices.
“I felt the IBL organisers did not take world rankings into consideration. This is my first and last IBL,” Hidayat had said.
Saina, though, did not find anything wrong.
“I think world No. 1 (Lee Chong Wei) got the highest price (of $1,35,000). I don’t think there is anything unfair about it. He (Hidayat) should accept it that he has retired now so you can’t get the highest base price of course. It’s a negative thing to speak like this.
“Of course, he (Hidayat) is a great player, he has achieved so much. But right now I don’t think he should expect to get more than what he is getting. You see Lee Chong Wei is getting the highest money. It’s a fair thing,” Saina said.
Meanwhile, former international Uday Pawar said the retired Indonesian great’s perspective needed to be respected. “Hidayat is a great player and has been a world and Olympic champion to boot. His views need to be respected, even if you don’t agree to them,” Pawar said.
Pawar also did not agree to Saina’s suggestion that the IBL was largely there to benefit Indian players, saying that Indian corporate would not have agreed to spend crores of rupees in supporting the League but for the presence of the world’s top foreign shuttlers.
“It’s a very good initiative by BAI, but corporates will not support an event if the top ranked foreign players are not part of the League,” said the former doubles player.