Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced the competition schedule of the upcoming Premier Badminton League 2016, today at New Delhi. This was much sought after information once the players’ auction was complete. The PBL 2016 will be a 16-days event and will take place from January 2, 2016 till January 17, 2016.
This tournament will see the six franchisees compete against each other for the top honor, in five cities viz. New Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad & Bengaluru.
Chennai was another obvious host city for the tournament but was ruled out due to recent flood, which delayed preparation for the mega event. In lieu of this, Chennai Smashers will have their home matches at Lucknow & Hyderabad.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta, President, BAI & Chairman PBL said: “This is a happy moment for each one of us as we are just around the corner for the start to the Premier Badminton League. Each day will be exciting and this we have ensured by the new Format & Rules that we have introduced. What has boosted us is the enthusiasm that the franchisees are showing towards the ‘Trump Match’ rule. Post PBL Auction, all the players are gearing-up for one of the most competitive Leagues in the world. With the release of the schedule, teams will start working on their strategies and game-plans. The tournament will start from Mumbai with a magnificent Opening Ceremony and conclude in Delhi with the Grand Finale.”
To kick start the tournament Mumbai Rockets will play against Awadhe Warriors on 2nd January 2016. While this tournament will see all eyes focused on World No. 2 Saina Nehwal who will feature for Lucknow-based Awadhe Warriors, the Premier Badminton League will bring together India’s top badminton players along with international players on the same platform wherein they will showcase high-class action in front of the sports loving citizens of India.