Premier Badminton League: Fifth edition to start on Jan 20

The 2020 edition of the PBL will have 24 ties to be played in 21 days in four different cities.

P.V. Sindhu will lead the charge for Hyderabad Hunters in the fifth edition pf PBL.   -  Special Arrangement

The fifth edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) will start on January 20 when P.V. Sindhu's team Hyderabad Hunters faces Chennai Superstarz in Chennai.

The 2020 edition of the PBL will have 24 ties to be played in 21 days in three different cities, and the tournament returning to Chennai after two years.

After the first leg in Chennai, the league will move to Lucknow on January 25, followed by Hyderabad hosting the remaining legs of the tournament, including the semis and the final from February 5-9, after Bengaluru was scrapped as a venue.

The 21-day event will have its marquee clash in the third leg when Sindhu’s Hunters lock horns with Tai Tzu Ying's Bengaluru Raptors on January 31.

“I had a great time playing in PBL last time. The format of the league is very exciting, and that is why I like to play in the league. I am very excited to join the Bengaluru Raptors team for the season 5. I hope lot of fans will come to the stadiums to watch the matches and my fans around the world will follow it on TV and online. I look forward to playing against all teams, especially against Sindhu.” Tai Tzu said.

Moreover, the league will see five Olympic medallists and 15 World Champions in action. Another marquee clash would be the one between Sindhu and former India Open champion Beiwen Zhang when the Hunters and Awadhe Warriors clash on January 26 in Lucknow.

The seven teams – Awadhe Warriors, Bengaluru Raptors, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters, Chennai Superstarz, North Eastern Warriors and Pune 7 Aces will compete this time for a prize purse of Rs 6 crore.

 

FULL SCHEDULE:

TIE 1 - 20-Jan - Chennai Superstarz vs Hyderabad Hunters (7pm), Chennai

TIE 2 - 21-Jan - North Eastern Warriors vs Bengaluru Raptors (7pm), Chennai

TIE 3 - 22-Jan - Chennai Superstarz vs Mumbai Rockets (7pm), Chennai

TIE 4 - 23-Jan - Awadhe Warriors vs North Eastern Warriors (7pm), Chennai

TIE 5 - 24-Jan - Chennai Superstarz vs Bengaluru Raptors (7pm), Chennai

TIE 6 - 25-Jan - Pune 7 Aces vs Mumbai Rockets (7pm), Lucknow

TIE 7 - 26-Jan - Awadhe Warriors vs Hyderabad Hunters (7pm), Lucknow

TIE 8 - 27-Jan - Pune 7 Aces vs Bengaluru Raptors (7pm), Lucknow

TIE 9 - 28-Jan - Awadhe Warriors vs Mumbai Rockets (7pm), Lucknow

TIE 10 - 29-Jan - Hyderabad Hunters vs North Eastern Warriors (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 11 - 30-Jan - Pune 7 Aces vs Chennai Superstarz (3:30pm), Hyderabad

TIE 12 - 30-Jan - Mumbai Rockets vs North Eastern Warriors (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 13 - 31-Jan - Hyderabad Hunters vs Bengaluru Raptors (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 14 - 01-Feb - Pune 7 Aces vs North Eastern Warriors (3:30pm), Hyderabad

TIE 15 - 01-Feb - Awadhe Warriors vs Chennai Superstarz (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 16 - 02-Feb - Mumbai Rockets vs Bengaluru Raptors (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 17 - 03-Feb - Awadhe Warriors vs Pune 7 Aces (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 18 - 04-Feb - North Eastern Warriors vs Chennai Superstarz (3:30pm), Hyderabad

TIE 19 - 04-Feb - Hyderabad Hunters vs Mumbai Rockets (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 20 - 05-Feb - Awadhe Warriors vs Bengaluru Raptors (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 21 - 06-Feb - Hyderabad Hunters vs Pune 7 Aces (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 22 - 07-Feb - Semi Final 1 (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 23 - 08-Feb - Semi Final 2 (7pm), Hyderabad

TIE 24 - 09-Feb - Final (7pm), Hyderabad