New Delhi: The second season of India’s Premier Badminton League (PBL) is scheduled to kick off on January 1, 2017, with the final to be held at Delhi on Jan 14th.
Last season, the PBL was using the 15×3 scoring format, however, in a bid to make the game durations shorter and add more uncertainties to the matches, PBL has decided to experiment with the 11×5 scoring system in the 2017 season.
Former World No. 1 women’s singles shuttler Saina Nehwal had expressed interest in the new format; while P.V. Sindhu – India’s Olympic silver-medallist believed the new format will force players to be on alert and focus from the start of the match.
PBL will start its first day of the match on January 1, 2017, with PV Sindhu of Chennai Smashers to clash with Carolina Marin of Hyderabad Hunters.
The new season consists of six teams, and below are the full rosters of all six franchises.
Srikanth Kidambi (India), Wong Wing Ki Vincent (Hong Kong), Aditya Joshi (India), Rituparna Das (India), Saina Nehwal (India), Bodin Isara (Thailand), Goh Wei Shem (Malaysia), Markis Kido (Indonesia), Savitree Amitrapali (Thailand) and Prajakta Sawant (India)
Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Boonsak Ponsana (Thailand), Sourabh Verma (India), Gadde Ruthvika Shivani (India), Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thailand), Yoo Yeon Seong (South Korea), Pranaav Jerry Chopra (India), Ko Sung Hyun (South Korea), Ashwini Ponnappa (India), Sikki Reddy (India)
Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand), Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia), Parupalli Kashyap (India), Arundhati Pantawane (India), PV Sindhu (India), Chris Adcock (England), Mads Pieler Kolding (Denmark), Sumeeth Reddy (India), Ramya Tulasi (India) and Gabrielle Adcock (England)
Jan Jorgensen (Denmark), Son Wan Ho (South Korea), Vladimir Ivanov (Russia), Siril Verma (India), Aakarshi Kashyap (India), Nitchaon Jindapol (Thailand), Ivan Sozonov (Russia), Akshay Dewalkar (India), Jwala Gutta (India), Maneesha Kukkapalli (India)
Rajiv Ouseph (England), Sai Praneeth (India), Sameer Verma (India), Carolina Marin (Spain), Krishna Priya (India), Tan Boon Heong (Malaysia), Tan Wee Kiong (Malaysia), Satwik Sairaj (India), Meghna Jakkampudi (India) and Cahu Hoi Wah (Hong Kong)
Ajay Jayaram (India), HS Prannoy (India), Shreyansh Jaiswal (India), Vrushali Gummadi (India), Sung Ji Hyun (South Korea), Lee Yong Dee (South Korea), Nipithphon Phusnhphupet (Thailand), Mohita Sahdev (India) and Nadiezda Zieba (Poland)