Taipei shuttler joins NE Warriors

North Eastern Warriors, one of the two teams making its debut in the Vodafone Premier Badminton League Season 3, has roped in world Number 10 Wang Tzu Wei from Chinese Taipei as its icon player.

By Our special correspondent in Guwahati
  • Published 13.10.17
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Guwahati, Oct. 12: North Eastern Warriors, one of the two teams making its debut in the Vodafone Premier Badminton League Season 3, has roped in world Number 10 Wang Tzu Wei from Chinese Taipei as its icon player.

A former World Junior Champion, Wei was brought by the Warriors for Rs 52 lakh during the players auction held recently, an official release said.

The eight-team meet will be held between December 22 and January 14 at five venues across the country. Besides North Eastern Warriors, the other teams are Delhi Acers, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters, Awadhe Warriors, Chennai Smashers, Bengaluru Blasters and Ahmedabad Smash Masters.

Wei will be complemented by India's own Ajay Jayaram, bought for Rs 44 lakh. Ajay, world Number 20, was the second most successful singles player in the last season, helping Mumbai Rockets to the final.

North Eastern Warriors is owned by TK Engineering Consortium Pvt. Ltd and is the first team from the Northeast to have joined the PBL bandwagon to "popularise" the sport in the region.

They also brought Korean legend Shin Baek-cheol for Rs 55 lakh, their highest-paid player, and his compatriot Kim Gi Jung (Rs 30 lakh) in the men's doubles, Michelle Li of Canada (Rs 15 lakh), the reigning CWG Champion, and Ruthvika Shivani (Rs 9 lakh) in the women's singles category. Prajakta Sawant (Rs 7 lakh) and Sanyogita Ghorpade (Rs 1 lakh) have been brought in the mixed doubles category.

Kanetkar said: "We were very clear with our thought process and knew exactly who we wanted to buy in the auction. We are happy that we could land most of our targets and are now looking forward to the season."