Premier Badminton League

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Premier Badminton League (PBL) is a team badminton league held in India. Sportz & Live Private Limited (Sportzlive) has the rights to operate and execute the Premier Badminton League.

Premier Badminton League
Most recent season or competition:
2020 Premier Badminton League
Premier Badminton League logo.png
FormerlyIndian Badminton League
SportBadminton
Inaugural season2016
AdministratorBadminton Association of India
CountryIndia
Venue(s)Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore , Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Lucknow and Guwahati
Most recent
champion(s)
Bengaluru Raptors (2nd title)
Most titlesBengaluru Raptors (2 titles)
TV partner(s)List of broadcasters
Sponsor(s)Star Sports, Bridgestone
Tournament formatRound-robin and knock-out
Official websitepbl-india.com

The inaugural season of PBL was held from 2 to 17 January 2016. Delhi Dashers (formerly Delhi Acers) defeated Mumbai Rockets in the final to clinch the title. The second season began on 22 December 2016 and came to end on 14 January 2017 with the Chennai Smashers headed by P. V. Sindhu clinching the title in the finals. The third season began on 23 December 2017 and came to end on 14 January 2018 with Hyderabad Hunters headed by Carolina Marin emerging as the champions. Bengaluru Raptors won the last two editions in 2018-19 and 2020, becoming the only team to win the title twice.

OrganisationEdit

Tournament formatEdit

Teams play each other in round-robin format in league stage. Each team plays six ties in the league stage in which each tie consists of five matches. The matches played are two Men's singles, Women's singles, Men's doubles and Mixed doubles. Each of these matches are best of 3 games.[1] After league stage, the top four teams in the table will qualify for the knockout stage. The winners of semi-finals goes into the final, in which the winner will be crowned the PBL champions.

Player auctionsEdit

The player auctions are usually held at the end of each year for the subsequent season. Professional players from around the world enter the bidding where teams buy them.[2] The league has helped players more than double their annual earnings from prize money in the year 2018. According to the prominent Danish player Victor Axelsen, this was a crucial part of their annual income.[3] Each franchise has a purse of 2 crore (US$280,000) and the maximum a team can spend on a single player was 77 lakh (US$110,000) in the most recent 2020 auction.[4]

Fifth SeasonEdit

The fifth season auctions were held on 26 November 2019 in New Delhi.[5] Each franchise had a purse of 2 crore (US$280,000), and were not allowed to spend more than 77 lakh (US$110,000) on a single player.[4][5] The highest paid players were the Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying and Indian P. V. Sindhu, both sold for the maximum amount of 77 lakh (US$110,000) to Bengaluru Raptors and Hyderabad Hunters respectively. Indian doubles player Satwiksairaj Rankireddy was the next highest, bought for 62 lakh (US$87,000) by Chennai Superstarz.[6]

2020 being the Olympic year, key players like Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Carolina Marin, Victor Axelsen and others have decided to skip the season.[7][8]

Some of the players were traded between Mumbai, Chennai and Pune teams ahead of the season.[9]

FranchisesEdit

Currently seven franchises compete in the league.[10] There were nine franchises in the previous season(2018–19).[11][10][6][9]

Current FranchisesEdit

Franchise name City Owner(s) Highest Paid (Male) Highest Paid (Female) Home ground
Hyderabad Hunters Hyderabad Agile Security Force   Sourabh Verma   P.V. Sindhu Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad
Bengaluru Raptors Bangalore Matrix Teamwork Badminton Pvt. Ltd   B. Sai Praneeth   Tai Tzu Ying Koramangala Indoor Stadium, Bangalore
Awadhe Warriors Lucknow Sahara India Pariwar   Ko Sung-hyun   Beiwen Zhang Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow
Mumbai Rockets Mumbai Devyani Leisures   Kim Gi-jung   Pia Zebadiah Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai
Chennai Smashers Chennai R. Sivakumar, Aditya Meesala   Satwiksairaj Rankireddy   Jessica Pugh Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
Northeastern Warriors Guwahati The Eastern Warriors Pvt Ltd   Lee Cheuk Yiu   Kim Ha Na Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, Guwahati
Pune 7 Aces Pune Tapsee Pannu, KRI   Hendra Setiawan   Gabby Adcock Shri Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex

SeasonsEdit

First Season (Season 1)Edit

In 2016, the league was renamed from Indian Badminton League to Premier Badminton League, and still followed same format. This first season of the PBL started on 2 January 2016 and concluded on 17 January 2016. The four teams to proceed to the semi-finals were Delhi Dashers, Chennai Smashers, Awadhe Warriors and Mumbai Rockets. Delhi beat Chennai 4-3 and Mumbai Rockets beat Awadhe Warriors 3-1 to proceed to the final. Delhi Dashers won the tournament after beating Mumbai Rockets 4-3.

Second Season (Season 2)Edit

The second season of the Premier Badminton League started on 1 January 2017 and concluded on 14 January 2017. It followed the same format as the earlier league, and the four teams to proceed to the semi-finals were Awadhe Warriors, Mumbai Rockets, Chennai Smashers and Hyderabad Hunters. Chennai Smashers beat Awadhe Warriors 4-1 and Mumbai Rockets beat Hyderabad Hunters 3-(-1) to proceed to the final. Chennai Smashers won the tournament after beating Mumbai Rockets 4-3.

Third Season (Season 3)Edit

The third season of the PBL started on 23 December 2017 and concluded on 14 January 2018. Hyderabad Hunters were crowned the champions after they beat Bengaluru Blasters 4-3 in the final tie.

Fourth Season (Season 4)Edit

The fourth season of the PBL was played from 22 December 2018 to 13 January 2019. In the fourth season Bengaluru Raptors took their first title after beating Mumbai Rockets in the final.

Fifth Season (Season 5)Edit

The fifth season of the PBL started on 20 January 2020 and concluded on 9 February 2020. Seven teams participated in the season. Delhi Dashers and Ahmedabad Smash Masters did not participate in this edition. Total prize money of 6 crore (US$840,000) was announced by Sportzlive for the tournament.[12] Bengaluru Raptors beat Northeastern Warriors 4-2 in the finals to win their second title. It was also their second consecutive title in PBL.

Tournament seasons and resultsEdit

Five seasons of PBL have been played since the first season in 2016. They are:

PBL season results[13]
Season Final Final venue Number of

teams

Winner Result Runner-up
Season 1

Details

Delhi Acers 4–3 Mumbai Rockets DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium, New Delhi 6
Season 2

Details

Chennai Smashers 4–3 Mumbai Rockets DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium, New Delhi 6
Season 3

Details

Hyderabad Hunters 4–3 Bengaluru Blasters Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore 8
Season 4

Details

Bengaluru Raptors 4–3 Mumbai Rockets Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore 9
Season 5

Details

Bengaluru Raptors 4–2 Northeastern Warriors Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad 7

Teams' performancesEdit

Season
(No. of teams)
Season 1
(6)
Season 2
(6)
Season 3
(8)
Season 4
(9)
Season 5
(7)
Hyderabad Hunters 5th SF 1st SF 6th
Bengaluru Raptors (formerly Bengaluru Top Guns and Bengaluru Blasters) 6th 5th 2nd 1st 1st
Awadhe Warriors SF SF 5th SF 5th
Mumbai Rockets 2nd 2nd 8th 2nd 7th
Chennai Superstarz (formerly Chennai Smashers) SF 1st 6th 6th SF
Northeastern Warriors 7th 8th 2nd
Pune 7 Aces 5th SF
Delhi Dashers (formerly Delhi Acers) 1st 6th SF 9th DEF
Ahmedabad Smash Masters SF 7th DEF
1st Champions
2nd Runner-up
SF Semi-finalists
DNE Team did not exist in the respective season
DEF Team defunct
Teams that no longer exist

Team rostersEdit

Ahmedabad Smash Masters Awadhe Warriors Bengaluru Blasters Chennai Smashers
  H. S. Prannoy   Saina Nehwal   Viktor Axelsen   P. V. Sindhu
  K. Nandagopal   Christinna Pedersen   Chong Wei Feng   Aditya Joshi
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl   Harshit Aggarwal   Kim Sa-rang   B. Sumeeth Reddy
  Tai Tzu-ying   Hendra Setiawan   Kirsty Gilmour   Brice Leverdez
  Lee Chun Hei   Srikanth Kidambi   Manu Attri   Chris Adcock
  Siril Verma   Mahima Aggarwal   Mathias Boe   Daniel Farid
  Sourabh Varma   Or Chin Chung   N. Sikki Reddy   Gabby Adcock
  Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli   Parupalli Kashyap   Rituparna Das   Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk
  Stefani Stoeva   Sai Uttejita Rao Chukka   Sanjana Santosh   Vrushali Gummadi
  Law Cheuk Him   Tang Chun Man   Subhankar Dey   Lee Yang
Delhi Dashers Hyderabad Hunters Mumbai Rockets North Eastern Warriors
  Sung Ji-hyun   Carolina Marín   Son Wan-ho   Wang Tzu-wei
  Arathi Sara Sunil   Anoushka Parikh   Arjun M.R.   Ajay Jayaram
  Ashwini Ponnappa   B. Sai Praneeth   Zhang Beiwen   Chirag Shetty
  Ivan Sozonov   Lee Hyun-il   Tan Boon Heong   Gadde Ruthvika Shivani
  Pranav Chopra   Markis Kido   Gabriela Stoeva   Kim Gi-jung
  Gurusai Dutt   Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth   Tarun Kona   Michelle Li
  Shreyanshi Pardeshi   Rahul Yadav Chittaboina   Kuhoo Garg   Prajakta Sawant
  Tian Houwei   Rasika Raje   Lee Yong-dae   Pratul Joshi
  Vladimir Ivanov   Satwiksairaj Rankireddy   Sameer Verma   Sanyogita Ghorpade
  Wong Wing Ki   Yoo Yeon-seong   Sanyam Shukla   Shin Baek-cheol

Ahmedabad Smash Masters Awadhe Warriors Bengaluru Raptors
  Viktor Axelsen   Son Wan-ho   Srikanth Kidambi
  Anoushka Parikh   Ashwini Ponnappa   Mohammad Ahsan
  N. Sikki Reddy   Mathias Christiansen   Hendra Setiawan
  Satwiksairaj Rankireddy   Lee Yang   B. Sai Praneeth
  Lee Chun Hei   Zhang Beiwen   Mithun Manjunath
  K. Nandagopal   Lee Dong-keun   Lauren Smith
  Kirsty Gilmour   Sanyogita Ghorpade   Sanjana Santosh
  Vaishnavi Bhale   Gurusai Dutt   Marcus Ellis
  Liew Daren   Rasika Raje   Vũ Thị Trang
  Sourabh Varma   Arjun M.R.   Nguyễn Tiến Minh
Chennai Smashers Delhi Dashers Hyderabad Hunters
  Sung Ji-hyun   H. S. Prannoy   P. V. Sindhu
  Gabby Adcock   Chai Biao   Eom Hye-won
  Chris Adcock   Wang Sijie   Kim Sa-rang
  Rutaparna Panda   Maneepong Jongjit   Bodin Isara
  Sumeeth Reddy   Evgeniya Kosetskaya   Sai Uttejita Rao Chukka
  Saili Rane   Tommy Sugiarto   Lee Hyun-il
  Rajiv Ouseph   Harika Veludurthi   Arun George
  Parupalli Kashyap   Vighnesh Devlekar   Meghana Jakkampudi
  Or Chin Chung   Chirag Sen   Mark Caljouw
  Chong Wei Feng   Lee Chia-hsin   Rahul Yadav Chittaboina
Mumbai Rockets North Eastern Warriors Pune 7 Aces
  Lee Yong-dae   Saina Nehwal   Carolina Marín
  Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth   Kim Ha-na   Chirag Shetty
  Kim Gi-jung   Yoo Yeon-seong   Mathias Boe
  Shreyanshi Pardeshi   Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk   Vladimir Ivanov
  Sameer Verma   Tian Houwei   Line Kjærsfeldt
  Kuhoo Garg   K. Maneesha   Lakshya Sen
  Manu Attri   Liao Min-chun   Brice Leverdez
  Anders Antonsen   Dhruv Kapila   Sony Dwi Kuncoro
  Pratul Joshi   Siril Verma   Ajay Jayaram
  Anura Prabhudesai   Rituparna Das   Prajakta Sawant

Teams Awadhe Warriors Bengaluru Raptors Chennai Superstarz Hyderabad Hunters Mumbai Rockets Northeastern Warriors Pune 7 Aces
Coach   Anup Sridhar   Arvind Bhat   Vijaydeep Singh   Rajendra Kumar Jakkampudi   Amrish Shinde   Edwin Iriawan   Joachim Persson
Squads   Ajay Jayaram   Ansal Yadav   B. Sumeeth Reddy   Gadde Ruthvika Shivani   Kuhoo Garg   Ashmita Chaliha   Arjun M.R.
  Subhankar Dey   Arun George   Dhruv Kapila   N. Sikki Reddy   Parupalli Kashyap   Kaushal Dharmamer   Chirag Shetty
  Tanvi Lad   B. Sai Praneeth   Gayathri Gopichand   Priyanshu Rajawat   Pranav Chopra   Krishna Prasad Garaga   Mithun Manjunath
  Medha Shashidharan   Lakshya Sen   P. V. Sindhu   Ramchandran Shlok   Rutaparna Panda   Rituparna Das
  Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian   Sourabh Verma   Shreyansh Jaiswal
  Sanjana Santosh   Shreyanshi Pardeshi
  Sathish Kumar Karunakaran
  Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
  Christinna Pedersen   Tai Tzu-ying   Jessica Pugh   Ben Lane   Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth   Michelle Li   Chris Adcock
  Wong Wing Ki   Brice Leverdez   Tommy Sugiarto   Sean Vendy   Kim Gi-jung   Lee Cheuk Yiu   Gabby Adcock
  Ivan Sozonov   Rian Agung Saputro   Kirsty Gilmour   Liew Daren   Kim Sa-rang   Kim Ha-na   Tse Ying Suet
  Ko Sung-hyun   Chan Peng Soon   Vladimir Ivanov   Lee Dong-keun   Lee Yong-dae   Hendra Setiawan
  Shin Baek-cheol   Eom Hye-won   Bodin Isara   Kazumasa Sakai
  Zhang Beiwen   Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk   Loh Kean Yew
  Vũ Thị Trang

Broadcast rightsEdit

In 2013 STAR Sports India purchased the broadcasting rights for India.[14]

Winning bidder Regional broadcast rights Terms of deal
STAR Sports   India 2013-2025
Fox Sports   Hong Kong 2013-2020
SKY Sports   United Kingdom 2013-2030
ESPN   United States 2013-2023
Hotstar Worldwide digital rights 2016–present[15]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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