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PBL 2020: Season 5 of the Premier Badminton League from Jan 20 – Feb 09

The Season 5 of the PBL is all set to start from Jan 20 to Feb 09, featuring 7 teams in this edition

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The current season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) will feature 7 teams with Delhi Acers and Ahmedadabad Smash Masters pulling out of season 5. See the complete fixtures and squad details below:

PBL Season 5 Fixtures

League Results
20-Jan-201Chennai SuperstarzHyderabad HuntersChennai Jawaharlal Nehru Stdm
21-Jan-202North Eastern WarriorsBengaluru RaptorsChennai Jawaharlal Nehru Stdm
22-Jan-203Chennai SuperstarzMumbai RocketsChennai Jawaharlal Nehru Stdm
23-Jan-204North Eastern WarriorsAwadhe WarriorsChennai Jawaharlal Nehru Stdm
24-Jan-205Chennai SuperstarzBengaluru RaptorsChennai Jawaharlal Nehru Stdm
25-Jan-206Pune 7 AcesMumbai RocketsBabu B. Das Indoor Stdm
26-Jan-207Awadhe WarriorsHyderabad HuntersBabu B. Das Indoor Stdm
27-Jan-208Pune 7 AcesBengaluru RaptorsBabu B. Das Indoor Stdm
28-Jan-209Awadhe WarriorsMumbai RocketsBabu B. Das Indoor Stdm
29-Jan-2010Hyderabad HuntersNorth Eastern WarriorsG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
30-Jan-2011Pune 7 AcesChennai SuperstarzG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
30-Jan-2012Mumbai RocketsNorth Eastern WarriorsG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
31-Jan-2013Hyderabad HuntersBengaluru RaptorsG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
1-Feb-2014Pune 7 AcesNorth Eastern WarriorsG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
1-Feb-2015Awadhe WarriorsChennai SuperstarzG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
2-Feb-2016Hyderabad HuntersMumbai RocketsG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
3-Feb-2017Awadhe WarriorsPune 7 AcesG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
4-Feb-2018North Eastern WarriorsChennai SuperstarzG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
4-Feb-2019Bengaluru RaptorsMumbai RocketsG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
5-Feb-2020Hyderabad HuntersPune 7 AcesG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
6-Feb-2021Bengaluru RaptorsAwadhe WarriorsG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
7-Feb-20Semi-Final 1TBDTBDG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
8-Feb-20Semi-Final 2TBDTBDG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm
9-Feb-20FinalTBDTBDG. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stdm

Five debutants who make a difference in this PBL

Kazumasa Sakai (Japan) – Former World No. 15 Kazumasa Sakai is pretty familiar with high level of competition having made it to the finals of the 2017 Indonesia Open and the 2018 Indonesia Masters. The Japanese would thus be looking to make a rich contribution in his first appearance at the league.

Chan Peng Soon (Malaysia) – The Raptors’ doubles attack will be bolstered by the presence of World No. 6 mixed doubles star, Chan Peng Soon, who will be appearing in the PBL for the very first time. The Malaysian remains one of the most revered figures in doubles with a host of important medals to show for. Multiple Commonwealth Games gold medals, an Asian Championships gold, an Olympic silver, and an Asian Games bronze among others give a picture of Soon’s storied career. Even this year, the 31-year-old achieved success at the Thailand Masters and the New Zealand Open and would look to carry that momentum into the league.

Tse Ying Suet (Hong Kong) – Pune 7 Aces certainly landed a jackpot when they managed to get the services of Hong Kong’s Tse Ying Suet. Armed with titles from the Korea Masters and the Taipei Open, the Asian Games and World Championships medallist is currently in a rich vein of form as evidenced by her World No. 10 ranking. Suet could go a long way in turning the tables in favour of Pune when the going gets tough.

Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hong Kong) – With a superb junior career that saw him win a bronze at the Asia Junior Championships and a silver at the Asian Youth Games, Lee Cheuk Yiu has finally come into his own. The 23-year-old made a stunning run to the title at home at the Hong Kong Open, having accounted for the likes of Kidambi Srikanth, Viktor Axelsen, Shi Yuqi and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting on the way. With the confidence that he gained from that victory, the Hong Kong shuttler, who is also the team’s costliest foreign player at 50 lac INR, is all set to mesmerize badminton fans when he takes the court for the PBL for the very first time.

Tak Ching Chang (Hong Kong) – Young doubles star Tak Ching Chang will be debuting at the PBL in Bengaluru colours. Chang made quite an impression at the Tata Open India International Challenge in 2018 in mixed doubles, where he made it to the final. Now with a top-30 mixed doubles ranking and loads more exposure on the tour, Chang will surely be ready for the PBL.

PBL 2020: Team Squads

Awadhe Warriors

Home Ground: Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium
Christinna P.Denmark
Ivan SozonovRussia
Ko Sung-hyunSouth Korea
Shin Baek-cheolSouth Korea
Shubhankar DeyIndia
Tanvi LadIndia
Wong Wing KiHong Kong
Ajay JayaramIndia
Zhang BeiwenChina

Bengaluru Raptors

Home Ground: Kanteerava Indoor Stadium
Ansal YadavIndia
Arun GeorgeIndia
Sai PraneethIndia
Brice LeverdezFrance
Chang Tak ChingHong Kong
Eom Hye-wonSouth Korea
Medha ShashidhranIndia
Chan Peng SoonMalaysia
Tai Tzu-yingChinese Taipei

Chennai Superstarz

Home Ground: Kanteerava Indoor Stadium
Sumeeth ReddyIndia
Dhruv KapilaIndia
Gabby AdcockEngland
Gayathri GopichandIndia
Kirsty GilmourScotland
Lakshya SenIndia
Sankar MuthusamyIndia
Sanjana SantoshIndia
Satish KarunakaranIndia
Satwiksairaj RankireddyIndia
Tommy SugiartoIndonesia

Hyderabad Hunters

Home Ground: Gachibowli Indoor Stadium
Ben LaneEngland
Liew DarenMalaysia
Ruthvika GaddeIndia
Kiran GeorgeIndia
Sikki ReddyIndia
P. V. SindhuIndia
Sean VendyEngland
Sourabh VarmaIndia
Vladimir IvanovRussia

Mumbai Rockets

Home Ground: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium
Jessica PughEngland
Kim Gi-jungSouth Korea
Kim Sa-rangSouth Korea
Lee Dong-keunSouth Korea
Parupalli KashyapIndia
Pia ZebadiahIndonesia
Pranav ChopraIndia
Shlok RamchandranIndia
Shreyansh JaiswalIndia
Shreyanshi PardeshiIndia

North Eastern Warriors

Home Ground: Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium
Ashmita ChalihaIndia
Bodin IsaraThailand
Kaushal DharmamerIndia
Kim Ha-naSouth Korea
Krishna P. GaragaIndia
Lee Cheuk YiuHong Kong
Lee Yong-daeSouth Korea
Michelle LiCanada
Rutaparna PandaIndia
Tanongsak SThailand

Pune 7 Aces

Home Ground: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium
Arjun M RIndia
Chirag ShettyIndia
Chris AdcockEngland
Hendra SetiawanIndonesia
Kazumasa SakaiJapan
Loh Kean YewSingapore
Kuhoo GargIndia
Mithun ManjunathIndia
Rituparna DasIndia
V? Th? TrangVietnam
Tse Ying SuetHong Kong

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