Kashyap: 15 point game will make PBL more intense

India’s experienced shuttler Parupalli Kashyap believes the introduction of a 15-point game in Premier Badminton League (PBL) will make the tournament more intense and good to watch for the fans.

P Kashyap's only major title in 2015 was the India Open Grand Prix Gold.   -  V V SUBRAHMANYAM

India’s experienced shuttler Parupalli Kashyap believes the introduction of a 15-point game in Premier Badminton League (PBL) will make the tournament more intense and good to watch for the fans.

In order to make it more action packed for fans, each match will take in consideration the best of three games and each game will be played for 15 points and a sudden death at 14 all.

“The 15-point games will make it more intense and small as 21 points in a game is too long. Most of the matches are now going for too long, more than one hour and more. A 15-point game will be better I think while seven-point game is different. Like we had to take the initiative for a lead in 14-15 points in a 21 points game, whereas in a 15-point game, we have to do this during seven or eight,” Kashyap told reporters here on Friday.

Commonwealth Games 2014 champion Kashyap was bought by PBL franchise Hyderabad Hunters in the auction.

In another rule modification, there will be five matches in a tie and every team will have the option of selecting one of these matches as their ‘Trump Match’, in which, a victory would give the team a bonus point (+2) and a loss a negative point (—1).

The first match will see a clash between Awadhe Warriors, spearheaded by 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and 2015 World Championship silver medallist Saina Nehwal, and Mumbai Rockets here. Besides Mumbai, other five franchisee participating are Delhi Acers, Hyderabad Hunters, Bengaluru Top Guns, Chennai Smashers, and Lucknow-based Awadhe Warriors.