World No.1 and Mumbai Masters' icon player Lee Chong Wei has again delayed his travel plans and will miss the second leg (Lucknow) of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) tie against the Pune Pistons here on Saturday. He is expected to land in Mumbai today.
The Malaysian, who skipped the opening ceremony of the IBL, was expected to arrive in time on Friday for his team's second outing. The wait it seems will grow further. Lee is expected to play in the home leg (Mumbai) against Delhi Smashers on August 20.
The World No.1 from Malaysia, who had retired from the 2013 World Championships men's singles final with cramps against Chinese legend Lin Dan has a heavily strapped ankle and is reportedly not in prime physical condition.
Co-owner of Mumbai Masters, V Chamundeshwarnath, told dna on Friday that Chong Wei will be playing from the Mumbai leg. "He will not play the Lucknow leg," Chamundeshwarnath confirmed.
Mumbai Masters made a winning start to their campaign coming back from 1-2 down to win 3-2 against Banga Beats on Thursday.
The IBL is set to enthral fans today after a day's interval (August 16) with the first encounter between Delhi Smashers - Jwala Gutta, Sai Praneeth, V Diju, Wong Wong Ki - and Hyderabad Hotshots - Saina Nehwal, Taufik Hidayat, Ajay Jayaram, Pradnya Gadre, Shem Goh, Khim Wah Lim.
Mumbai - Mark Zwiebler, Tine Baun, Vladimir Ivanov - take on Pune - Ashwini Ponnappa, Juliane Schenk, Tien Minh Nyugen, Wee Kiong Tan, S. Thomos - in the second match up.
Lee Chong Wei was bought by the Masters for a whopping $135,000 at the players' auction.