Gopichand : New service rules is advantageous for Indian players with short height.

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Gopichand : New service rules is advantageous for Indian players with short height.

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SportsCafe Desk

01/15/2018

According to the new rule, the shuttle should be below 1.15 meters from the surface of the court at the instant of being hit by the server’s racket. Pullela Gopichand is livid with the inclusion of the new service rule in all England Championship this year without testing it earlier.

"There is a standard way of calling a serve. BWF should have tried it before introducing it at the All England. I would definitely have said no to that," Gopi explained, reported TOI.

The Chief coach of the Indian badminton team and Premier Badminton League (PBL) pioneer Pullela Gopichand also batted for the inclusion of women's doubles in the next edition of the league.

"Personally I want women's doubles to be part of it at least from next year. Several women like Danes - Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl - have been asking us. I also think it is time to include it," he added.

"Within a few years, the league has become the best in the world. Several players and coaches are enquiring about the league. More shuttlers will feature in it next year."

Now that PBL has become such a popular event in the country Gopichand also hinted at changes in the PBL format.

"The league is attracting a lot of budding youngsters. But we want to target other groups like moviegoers etc. Though the broadcaster will take the final call, we will discuss issues about length of the match, timing etc."

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