The opening day of the fifth edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL) will see an exciting contest between World champion PV Sindhu and coach Pullela Gopichand’s daughter Gayatri Gopichand in Chennai on Monday.
The opening encounter will see Hyderabad Hunters take on the rechristened Chennai Superstarz even as several heavyweights give the tournament a miss with the 2020 Olympic Games coming up. In fact, the tournament will kick off with two teams lesser than the previous season – Ahmedabad & Delhi.
— PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) January 20, 2020
Nonetheless, Sindhu and World No.2 Tai Tzu Ying will ensure that there is no derth of excitement in the 2020 edition.
Despite the changes in the structure, one thing about PBL will remain constant – entertainment.
As the 2020 Edition of PBL kicks off, here’s all you need to know:
How many teams are playing in the PBL?
There are seven teams this season:
Awadhe Warriors, Bengaluru Raptors, Chennai Superstarz, Hyderabad Hunters, Mumbai Rockets, North Eastern Warriors and Pune 7 Aces – will slug it out for the prize money of Rs 6 crores.
What is the cash prize?
₹ 6 crores.
What is the PBL 2020 schedule?
The 2020 edition of PBL will begin on January 20 (Monday) with the finals being held on February 9 (Sunday).
Where will the tournament take place?
The tournament will be taking place at three venues: Lucknow, Chennai, and Hyderabad.
The opening five outings of PBL will take place in Chennai starting from January 20.
After that, the assemblage will move to Lucknow for the next four ties.
The country’s badminton capital Hyderabad will then play host to the remaining 15 games, including the semifinals as well as the final.
What is the time table of the PBL?
The PBL matches begin at 7 pm (IST) every day. However, the matches will start at 3:30 pm IST on 30 January, 1 and 4 February.
Where can I catch the live TV broadcast of PBL 2020?
The PBL 2020 will be broadcasted live on Star Sports 1 & Star Sports 1 HD.
Where will the live streaming of PBL happen?
The live online streaming for PBL 2020 will happen on Hotstar this season.
What they said?
“I have fond memories of winning the title for the Chennai franchise in the second season here. I thoroughly enjoy the love and support every time I play here. I am excited for the new season and I hope people will come and watch us play.” – PV Sindhu, World Champion.
“I am looking forward to my time with the Raptors and playing in South India. The sunshine and warmth are something I want to experience to go along with a great time of badminton. I haven’t met my team yet but you can be sure of the performance that all of you will enjoy.” – Tai Tai Tzu Ying, World No.2.
“This (PBL) is for sure the world’s strongest badminton league. I’m glad to come back to India and play the fifth edition of PBL. This is my third time here and I’m in the same jersey. I can’t wait to get started. It will be really exciting as all teams look strong. There will be some very good matches.” Christinna Pedersen, World No.7.