Mumbai: Premier Badminton League (PBL) is set for a comeback with the sixth season, scheduled from 17 December - 14 January. PBL is organised by SportzLive—the official licence holder of the league under the aegis of the Badminton Association of India (BAI).
The upcoming edition of the league will once again bring badminton action to the fans after a break of two years owing to the pandemic.
"We are thrilled with the return of PBL. It’s a crucial part of Indian badminton and has contributed to the growth of the sport in the country. It has provided a much-needed platform for our young players to showcase their talent on such a huge global platform, and its return is much awaited by the entire badminton fraternity," said Badminton Association of India president Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.
"Indian shuttlers have hugely benefitted from PBL while playing alongside the world’s greatest players. The budding players have grown in confidence and experiences while interacting and I firmly believe the league will give a strong platform to BAI to create a lot more bench strength in the coming times," said BAI secretary Sanjay Mishra.
The league has witnessed the participation of Indian stars Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, as well as the Olympic champion Carolina Marin, Viktor Axelsen, Tai Tzu-Ying and Lee Chong Wei, among others.
"It was a tough period for all of us. We are fortunate enough to have been loved by the people, and their love makes this league one of the biggest events in the badminton world. Since the start of the league to today’s date, the level of the game has gone up immensely in India. We are committed to developing badminton in India and, thus, are delighted to announce the return of the Premier Badminton League. We promise the same level of breathtaking action for the fans through this season," said SportzLive MD Prasad Mangipudi.