BAI announces squads for Thomas & Uber Cup

BAI announces squads for Thomas & Uber Cup

Star Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth will spearhead the women’s and men’s teams respectively as the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Sunday announced strong squads for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, scheduled in Denmark from October 9-17.

NEW DELHI: Star Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth will spearhead the women's and men's teams respectively as the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Sunday announced strong squads for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, scheduled in Denmark from October 9-17.

BAI has also named a 12-member Indian team for the Sudirman Cup slated to take place from September 26 to October 3 in Finland.

For the Thomas and Uber Cup, London Olympics bronze medallist Nehwal will be accompanied by top-3 singles ranks from the trials — Malvika Bansod, Aditi Bhatt and Tasnim Mir — in the 10-member women's team alongside three doubles pairs, including Tanisha Crasto and Rutuparna Panda, who claimed the top spot in the trials.

The 10-member men's team also comprised of four singles players and three doubles pairs. Alongside Praneeth and the former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth, top-2 singles players from the trials — Kiran George and Sameer Verma — have received places in the team. The country's top men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has been selected in the team alongside top-2 ranked pairs from the trials.

The players, for the Thomas and Uber Cup and the Sudirman Cup, were selected on the basis of their performances in the recently-concluded trials apart from the automatic selections of the players/pairs, who are placed inside Top-20 in the world rankings. The two-time Olympics medallist PV Sindhu has not been included in the squad as she had requested not to be considered for selections citing post-Olympics recovery.

In the Thomas Cup, the Indian team has been placed in the Group C alongside defending champions China with Netherlands and Tahiti being the other two teams in the group. The women's team has been drawn in Group B along with Thailand, Spain and Scotland in the Uber Cup. IANS

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