Bangalore :  Former badminton star Prakash Padukone voiced his reluctance to the idea of changing the existing three-game format to explore the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) proposal of five games of 11 points each.

“I don’t agree to the decision to test a best of five games scoring system from August,” he told reporters.

“BWF is probably making the changes to make the sport more faster and TV-friendly to attract more sponsors but wouldn’t agree to it,” Padukone said.

“It is not that you change the format, and sponsors will come in … Instead it is all about how you market the sport. It will not so tinkering with points system. People who can’t market the sport they are into this business,” he said.

“Soccer rules have been untouched and remains the most popular sport than the Olympics,” he said.

However, Padukone said that badminton can take the cricket route like honing different players for different formats like 50-over and T20. However, it requires a lot of planning, he added.

“I mean they can experiment. Like you know in cricket when you have a different sets of players – somebody will play the test format; somebody will play 50 and T20 formats.

“So, depending on the requirement of each format you train and I mean it needs a lot of planning and all that,” he said. —PTI

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