IBL: Know your team - Pune Pistons

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IBL: Know your team - Pune Pistons
Indian Badminton League (IBL) is a franchise-based city teams tournament which is worth $1 million. This is the richest badminton league in the world. Six teams will be seen in action from August 14 to 31, 2013. This year's is the inaugural edition of IBL. Krrish Delhi Smashers, Lucknow Warriors, Mumbai Masters, Banga Beats, Pune Pistons and Hyderabad Hotshots are the teams.

Also read: Banga Beats; Mumbai Masters; Hyderabad Hotshots; Lucknow Warriors; Krrish Delhi Smashers

The six franchises had a purse of $275,000 to buy players in the auction, which was held a few days back in Delhi. Each team comprises of 11 players - four foreign, six Indians and one junior.

Matches will be played on home and away format in four categories - men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles and mixed doubles.

The top four will make the semi-finals. The final is scheduled for August 31 in Mumbai.

Here, get to know about Pune franchise - Pune Pistons.

Team - Pune Pistons

Owners: Burman family

Host Association: Pune District & Metropolitan Badminton Association

Host Stadium: Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Badminton Hall, Balewadi

Costliest player: Juliane Schenk (Germany) $90,000

List of players bought in the auction

Juliane Schenk (Germany) $90,000

Ashwini Ponappa (India) $25,000

Tien Minh Nguyen (Vietnam) $44,000

Wee Kiong Tan (Malaysia) $15,000

Joachiam Fischer Nielsen (Denmark) $35,000

Saurabh Verma (India) $20,000

Anup Sridhar (India) $6,000

Sanave Thomas (India) $5,000

Arun Vishnu (India) $26,000

Rupesh Kumar (India) $5,000

Pune Pistons schedule

Vs Lucknow Warriors - August 26

Vs Hyderabad Hotshots - August 19

Vs Mumbai Masters - August 17

Vs Banga Beats - August 23

Vs Krrish Delhi Smashers - August 15

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