Premier Badminton League
|Most recent season or competition:|
2020 Premier Badminton League
|Formerly||Indian Badminton League|
|Founded||2013 as Indian Badminton League|
|Administrator||Badminton Association of India|
|No. of teams||7|
|Venue(s)||Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore , Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Lucknow and Guwahati|
|Bengaluru Raptors (2nd title)|
|Most titles||Bengaluru Raptors (2 titles)|
|TV partner(s)||List of broadcasters|
|Sponsor(s)||Star Sports, Bridgestone|
|Tournament format||Round-robin and knock-out|
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. It was named Indian Badminton League (IBL) when founded in 2013, then later rechristened to Premier Badminton League before the start of second season in 2016.
The inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League was held in India from 14 August 2013 to 31 August 2013. Hyderabad Hotshots won the inaugural IBL title at Mumbai on 31 August 2013. The first season as PBL of the league 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
The IBL season auctions were scheduled on 30 June 2013 which were postponed to 19 July 2013 and again postponed to 22 July 2013. The 2013 auctions were held in Delhi and were conducted by International Auctioneer Bob Hayton. The highest paid players were the Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, sold for $135,000 to Mumbai Masters and Indian Saina Nehwal who went to Hyderabad Hotshots for $120,000. The auction itself was not short of controversy. The base price of Indian marquee players, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were halved from USD 50,000 to USD 25,000, without the players' notice. Chinese players did not take part in the 2013 tournament.
The fifth season auctions were held on 26 November 2019 in New Delhi. 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. 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.
Some of the players were traded between Mumbai, Chennai and Pune teams ahead of the season.
|Team 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 Superstarz||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|
|Team name||City||Owner(s)||Founded||Dissolved||Home ground|
|Delhi Dashers||New Delhi||Infinite Computer Solutions||2016||2019||DDA Badminton & Squash Stadium, New Delhi|
|Ahmedabad Smash Masters||Ahmedabad||Padmanabh Sports Pvt. Ltd||2017||2019||The Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad|
|Delhi Smashers||New Delhi||Krrish Group||2013||2013||DDA Badminton & Squash Stadium, New Delhi|
|Hyderabad HotShots||Hyderabad||PVP Ventures||2013||2015||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad|
|Mumbai Masters||Mumbai||Akshay Kumar, Vigish Pathak||2013||2013||National Sports Club of India|
|Pune Pistons||Pune||Mohit Burman, Savan Daru||2013||2013||Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex|
Indian Badminton League started in 2013 with a total prize pool of USD$1,000,000. The first season was scheduled from 14 August 2013 to 31 August 2013. Hyderabad Hotshots beat Awadhe Warriors in the final by three games to one at Mumbai's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium. In round robin 15 matches were scheduled across six Indian cities, viz. Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. Cities of Delhi, Lucknow, and Pune were host for three matches each while Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad were host for two matches each in the group stage. First semi-final was played at Hyderabad's Gachibowli Indoor Stadium while the second was played at Bangalore's Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. The final was scheduled at Mumbai at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium.
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.
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.
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. 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 results
Five seasons of PBL have been played (six including IBL in 2013) since the first season in 2016. They are:
|Season||Final||Final venue||Number of
|2013[a]||Hyderabad Hotshots||3–1||Awadhe Warriors||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai||6|
|2016||Delhi Dashers||4–3||Mumbai Rockets||DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium, New Delhi||6|
|2017||Chennai Smashers||4–3||Mumbai Rockets||DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium, New Delhi||6|
|2017–18||Hyderabad Hunters||4–3||Bengaluru Blasters||Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore||8|
|2018–19||Bengaluru Raptors||4–3||Mumbai Rockets||Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore||9|
|2020||Bengaluru Raptors||4–2||Northeastern Warriors||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad||7|
(No. of teams)
|Bengaluru Raptors (formerly Banga Beats and Bengaluru Blasters)||6th||6th||5th||2nd||1st||1st|
|Chennai Superstarz (formerly Chennai Smashers)||DNE||SF||1st||6th||6th||SF|
|Pune 7 Aces||DNE||5th||SF|
|Delhi Dashers (formerly Delhi Acers)†||DNE||1st||6th||SF||9th||DEF|
|Ahmedabad Smash Masters†||DNE||SF||7th||DEF|
|DNE||Team did not exist in the respective season|
|†||Teams that no longer exist|
|Winning bidder||Regional broadcast rights||Terms of deal|
|Fox Sports||Hong Kong||2013-2020|
|SKY Sports||United Kingdom||2013-2030|
|Hotstar||Worldwide digital rights||2016-present|
- This season is not officially counted when it comes to PBL seasons since it was held in 2013 as IBL (Indian Badminton League).
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