Sahara India Pariwar bought the Lucknow franchise of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) on Tuesday. The inaugural, first-of-its-kind, event in the sport will be played between August 14 and 31.

The Lucknow franchisee will be one of the six teams to be competing in the championship. Speaking on the occasion, Subrata Roy Sahara said “we are proud to be associated with this initiative of Badminton Association of India. The IBL will boost the sport and will redraw the attention of people towards it.”

Each franchise will host a two-day leg and the $ one million event will have a total of 90 matches. The top four franchises will clash in the semifinals and the winners will meet in the grand final in Mumbai. — PTI

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