Sindhu, Srikanth to guide India in Thomas & Uber Cup Final

New Delhi, September 10

World Champion PV Sindhu and former World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth will lead a 20-member Indian badminton squad for subsequent month’s Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) mentioned on Thursday.

With World Championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth pulling out of the occasion attributable to knee harm, Srikanth together with 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap and in-form Lakshya Sen will take the onus of the singles occasions.

For the 2 doubles occasions, males’s pairing of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun have been chosen within the crew together with Krishna Prasad Garaga.

The girls’s crew for Uber Cup might be led by Sindhu, who made herself out there for the event after initially deciding to present it a miss following a well timed intervention by BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The squad might be additional bolstered by the presence of former world No. 1 Saina Nehwal and Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, who might be helming the doubles division.

Youngsters Aakarshi Kashyap and Malvika Bansod have been additionally included within the 10-member squad.

In Thomas Cup, India has been positioned in Group C with the formidable 2016 champions Denmark aside from Germany and Algeria.

In Uber Cup, India finds itself in Group D with the opposite groups being China, Germany and France. However, the 14-time champions China are but to substantiate their participation.

Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth, Laskhya and girls’s doubles pair of Ashwini and Sikki may even take part within the two Super 750 occasions – Denmark Open (October 13-18) and Denmark Masters (October 20-25) – which is able to he held after the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals.

With September 18 being the closing date for sending entries for the celebrated biennial event, the six-member choice committee was earlier supposed to choose the crew on September 17.

The Sports Authority of India had proposed a preparatory camp in Hyderabad which was initially scheduled to begin on September 7 and conclude on September 27 for the occasion set for October 3-11 in Aarhus, Denmark.

However, the camp was cancelled on Thursday after it grew to become clear that gamers wouldn’t get any leisure on the seven-day necessary quarantine interval and BAI then determined to announce the crew.

“After a lot of deliberations and multi-label meetings with all stakeholders, including Sports Authority of India, we have decided to cancel the camp,” mentioned BAI basic secretary Ajay Singhania.

“With the SOP implemented and quarantine procedures followed, there will not be enough time to conduct a camp and hence it was a decision taken in consultation with the five selectors and the National Coach.”

With the camp cancelled, the governing physique requested the chosen gamers to maintain coaching on their very own and submit health certificates by September 17.            

“The selected players have been asked to submit fitness certificate by September 17 and players have been advised to train on their own and keep BAI updated on their regular fitness and training status,” mentioned the BAI.

“Team departure will be intimated to the players in due course of time once everything is finalised.”       


Thomas Cup: Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap, Lakshya Sen, Subhankar Dey, Siril Verma, Manu Attri, B Sumeeth Reddy, MR Arjun, Dhruv Kapila, Krishna Prasad Garaga

Uber Cup: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Aakarshi Kashyap, Malvika Bansod, Ashwini Ponnappa, N Sikki Reddy, Pooja Dandu, Sanjana Santosh, Poorvisha S Ram, Jakkampudi Meghana.

Denmark Open and Denmark Masters: Kidambi Srikanth,  Saina Nehwal, Lakshya Sen, Ashwini Ponnappa, PV Sindhu, N Sikki Reddy. PTI

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