Ashwini backs PBL scoring

THE HANS INDIA |   Dec 28,2017 , 03:38 AM IST

Ashwini Ponnappa,
Ashwini Ponnappa,

New Delhi: Indian doubles badminton specialist Ashwini Ponnappa on Wednesday hailed the new 15-point scoring system in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), saying it gives ample time to the players to get back at the opponent even if they go down at the start.

The 28-year-old will turn up for the rechristened Delhi Dashers franchise, in the ongoing edition of the tournament. Leading cement manufacturing brand Dalmia Cement was on Wednesday unveiled as the new owners of the Delhi franchise, who lost their PBL opener against Mumbai Rockets and are raring to open their home campaign on a winning note on Thursday against Bengaluru Blasters.

"It's always good to try a few new things. Last year we had the 11-point system where the players hardly had any time to settle. It was really fast but the 15-point system is exciting as it will allow players to come back even after being down initially," Ashwini told reporters here.

Ashwini's comments were backed by the league's organisers Sportzlive Managing Director Atul Pandey, who also announced the change of timings of the matches. "We decided to go for the 15-point rule to make it more viewer-friendly, competitive and fair to all the players. This was done after getting feedbacks of various players including Ashwini,” he said.

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