Bengaluru, November 13: The fifth edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) is set to start from January 20, 2020 and continue till February 9.
After four highly successful seasons, the PBL is back with a fifth season. Season 4 saw a glitzy and glamorous affair as the Kidambi Srikanth-led Bengaluru Raptors lifted the title.
The league owned by BAI and organized by Sportzlive, the official license holders under the aegis of BAI, will be hosted this time in Chennai, Delhi, Lucknow, and Bangalore.
"India's prowess in badminton has been re-established once again as PV Sindhu became the first Indian to become the world champion. Sai Praneeth also brought a men's singles medal after 36 years, signifying India's stupendous development in the sport," said Himanta Biswa Sarma, President of BAI.
"The fifth season of PBL will give badminton lovers a priceless opportunity to watch these champions live," added Sarma.
The league, which offers a total purse of Rs 6 crore, awarded the winners Bengaluru Raptors a prize money of Rs 3 crore in the previous edition as the PBL continues to spread wider footprints with every season.
"It is not only singles but the dynamics have now changed with superb performances from the young brigade like Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty," said Atul Pande, Managing Director, SportzLive.
"The two have put Indian doubles on the badminton map with their fearless display against world champions. PBL played a pivotal role in their emergence and it will be fantastic to see them weave their magic in front of home fans," he added.
With Star Sports as the Official Broadcaster and Hotstar livestreaming the league, the fifth season is all set to take India by storm for the 21 days of action.
"The transition for Indian youngsters to the senior circuit has been brilliant and PBL has been instrumental in it. It has given confidence to the likes of Lakshya Sen, who has gone on to create fireworks even at the senior level," said Prasad Mangipudi, Executive Director, SportzLive.
"To see him and other rising stars perform at home in PBL5 will be one of the biggest highlights for badminton lovers of the country," Mangipudi concluded.
The auction date will soon be announced as the fifth season promises high octane action ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
Source: Press Release