Inaugural matches for Premier Badminton League to be held in Mumbai

The fourth season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) will begin on December 22 in the city, with arch-rivals, Carolina Marin and PV Sindhu going head-to-head in the opening clash

  • Inaugural matches for Premier Badminton League to be held in Mumbai
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After three seasons of raw competition and close encounters, the fourth season of Premier Badminton League (PBL) will soon begin. However, the league has been raised a notch higher as there will be nine teams this year with the addition of Pune 7 Aces.

The upcoming edition will boast of 90 players from 17 nations including eight Olympic medallists and eight players from the top 10 rankings. The 23-day event will be played across five venues, consisting of Ahmedabad and Pune who will be hosting matches for the first time.

PBL will witness an encounter between nine teams — Delhi Dashers, Ahmedabad Smash Masters, Awadhe Warriors, Bengaluru Raptors, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters, Chennai Smashes, North Eastern Warriors and Pune 7 Aces. The teams will battle out for the title and prize purse of ₹6 crore with initial rounds being held in Mumbai and later continued by Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and semis and finals in Bengaluru.

Talking about the same, 2018 World Champion Carolina Marin, said, "I love coming to India for PBL. Two years of playing for Hyderabad has been very special and I'm looking forward to my journey with the Pune 7 Aces. As for the match against (P.V.) Sindhu, both of us will want to win our tie. My job is to play to the best of my ability and I will certainly give her no room.” 

Teams and Squads for PBL 2019

Hyderabad Hunters: Team Captain: PV Sindhu

  • Men’s Singles (MS): Lee Hyun Il, Rahul Yadav Chittaboina, Mark Caljouw, Women’s Singles: PV Sindhu, Sai Uttejitha Rao
  • Men’s Doubles (MD): Kim Sa Rang, Arun George, Bodin Issara, Mixed Doubles: Eom Hey Won, Meghana Jakkampudi

Mumbai Rockets: Team Captain: Lee Yong Dae

  • MS: Sameer Verma, Andres Antonsen, Pratul Joshi, Women’s Singles: Shriyanshi Pardeshi, Anura Prabhudesai
  • MD: Manu Attri, Lee Yong Dae, Kim Gi Jung, Mixed Doubles: Pia Zebadiah, Kuhoo Garg

North Eastern Warriors: Team Captain: Saina Nehwal

  • MS: Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, Tian Houwei, AS Siril Verma, WS: Saina Nehwal, Rituparna Das
  • MD: Yoo Yeon Seong, Liao Min Chun, Dhruv Kapila, XD: Kim Ha Na, Kukkapalli Maneesha

Pune 7 Aces: Team Captain: Mathias Boe

  • MS: Brice Leverdoez, Lakshya Sen, Harsheel Dani, Ajay Jayaram, WS: Carolina Marin, Line Kjaersfeldt
  • MD: Vladimir Ivanov, Mathias Boe, Chirag Shetty, XD: Prajakta Sawant

Chennai Smashers: Team Captain: Sung Ji Hyun

  • MS: P Kashyap, Chong Wei Feng, Rajiv Ouseph, WS: Sung Ji Hyun, Saili Rane
  • MD: Or Chin Chung, Chris Adcock, B Sumeeth Reddy, XD: Gabrielle Adcock, Rutaparna Panda

Ahmedabad Smash Masters: Team Captain: Viktor Axelsen

  • MS: Sourabh Verma, Viktor Axelsen, Daren Liew, WS: Kirsty Gilmour, Vaishnavi Bhale
  • MD: Lee Chun Hei Reginald, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, K Nandagopal, XD: SikkiReddy, Anoushka Parikh

Awadhe Warriors: Team Captain: Son Wan Ho

  • MS: Guru Sai Dutt, Son Wan Ho, Lee Dong Keun, WS: Rasika Raje, Beiwen Zhang
  • MD: Lee Yang, MR Arjun, Mathias Christiansen, XD: Ashwini Ponnappa, Sanyogita Ghorpade

Bengaluru Raptors: Team Captain: K Srikanth

  • MS: K Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, Mithun Manjunath, Nygun Tein Minh, WS: Vu Thi Trang
  • MD: Hendra Setiawan, Marcus Ellis, Mohammad Ahsan, XD: Lauren Smith, Sanjana Santosh

Delhi Dashers: Team Captain: HS Prannoy

  • MS: HS Prannoy, Chirag Sen, Tommy Sugiarto, WS: Evgeniya Kosetskaya
  • MD: Chai Biao, Maneepong Jongjit, Wang Sijie, Vighnesh Devlekar, XD: Lee Chia Hsin, V Harika

Here's the schedule for the 2019 season:


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