The second season of Premier Badminton League (PBL) will be held across six venues in India from 1 to 14 January, 2017.
The six-team tournament, hosted by the Badminton Association of India, will see top shuttlers including BWF Superseries Finals winners Goh V Shem and Viktor Axelsen, his compatriot Jan O Jorgensen, reigning Women's singles Olympic champion Carolina Marin along with other international stars. However, top-ranked trio of Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long and Lin Dan will not be part of the tournament.
Local stars PV Sindhu, who also won the silver in Women's singles at the Rio Games, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth will be up against each other in what promises to be an action packed tournament. The first leg will be held in the South Indian city of Hyderabad and the final stages will be played in the capital - New Delhi.
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Marin was the costliest buy in the player auction that was held last month ahead of the 2017 season. Hyderabad Hunters, who will begin their campaign at home, paid INR 61,50,000 to bag the world number two shuttler.
Full list of teams
Awadhe Warriors (Lucknow): Saina Nehwal, V Shem Goh, Srikanth Kidambi, Savitree Amitrapai, Wong Wing Ki Vincent, Rituparna Das, Bodin Isara, Markis Kido, Prajakta Sawant, Aditya Joshi
Bengaluru Blasters: Viktor Axelsen, Yoo Yeon Seong, Boonsak Ponsana, Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, Boonsak Ponsana, Ruthvika Gadde, Sourabh Verma, Pranaav Chopra, Ko Sung Hyun, Sikki Reddy,
Chennai Smashers: P V Sindhu, Tommy Sugiarto, Gabby Adcock, Tanongsak S, P Kashyap, Chris Adcock, Mads Pieler Kolding, B Sumeeth Reddy, Ramya Tulasi, Arundhati Pantawane
Delhi Aces: Jan o Jorgensen, Son Wan Ho, Jwala Gutta, Nithchaon Jindapol, Ivan Sozonov, Vladimir Ivanov, Akshay Dewalkar, K Maneesha, Akarshi Kashyap, Siril Verma
Hyderabad Hunters: Carolina Marin, Wee Kiong Tan, Chau Hoi Wah, Rajiv Ouseph, Sai Praneeth, Satwik Sairaj, Sameer Verma, Krishna Priya, Meghna J, Tan Boon Heong
Mumbai Rockets: Sung Ji Hyun, Lee Yong Dae, Nadiezda Zieba, Ajay Jayaram, Prannoy HS, Nipitphon Phusnhphupet, Manu Atri, Abhishek Yelegar, Vrushali G, Mohita Sehdev
|Hyderabad v Chennai||1 January, Sunday||Hyderabad|
|Lucknow v Hyderabad||2 January, Monday||Hyderabad|
|Bangalore v Chennai||3 January, Tuesday||Mumbai|
|Delhi v Mumbai||3 January, Tuesday||Mumbai|
|Hyderabad v Mumbai||4 January, Wednesday||Mumbai|
|Lucknow v Delhi||5 January, Thursday||Lucknow|
|Lucknow vs Mumbai||6 January, Friday||Lucknow|
|Bangalore vs Hyderabad||7 January, Saturday||Bangalore|
|Delhi vs Chennai||8 January, Sunday||Bangalore|
|Bangalore vs Mumbai||8 January, Sunday||Bangalore|
|Lucknow vs Bangalore||9 January, Monday||Bangalore|
|Mumbai vs Chennai||10 January, Tuesday||Chennai|
|Lucknow v Chennai||11 January, Wednesday||Chennai|
|Delhi vs Hyderabad||12 January, Thursday||New Delhi|
|Semi-final 1 and 2||13 January, Friday||New Delhi|
|Final||14 January, Saturday||New Delhi|