"It has been decided that only BAI president (Akhilesh Das Gupta) and Ashish Chada (CEO of the league's commercial partner Sporty Solutionz) will issue statements. Clauses have been inserted into the contracts for officials and players," a top source said.
     
Controversy erupted after Jwala Gutta and her former doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, bronze medalists in the 2011 World Championship and title winners in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, lashed out at the IBL after their base price was slashed to half just before the start of the auction.
     
Jwala and Ponnappa were two of the six icon players who went under the hammer, but just hours before the auction, the IBL decided to reduce their base price from USD 50,000 (Rs 29,86,264) to USD 25,000 (14,93,125) after consultation with the six franchises.
     
In the auction, Jwala went to Krrish Delhi Smashers for USD 31,000 (Rs 18,51,520), while Pune Pistons bagged Ashwini for USD 25,000.
     
"When you sign a contract stating that you are an icon player, who wouldn't be sad or feel cheated. I have promoted IBL like no other player. I have been in many cities to promote it. I thought icon players will be treated equally," a miffed Jwala had said soon after the action.
     
A couple of days later she said she was still happy to be a part of IBL and will let her racquet speak for her on the badminton court.
     
"The minimum thing we expected was to be informed. Nevertheless, I am very happy to be part of IBL. I am very much looking forward to it. Badminton court is my territory and that’s where I will do most of my talking. I will let my racquet speak for myself," Jwala said.
     
Men's doubles specialists Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas too cried foul for being treated as "low profile players" and having their base prices slashed at the auction without being informed.

(Agencies)

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