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Premier Badminton League 2017: Full schedule

The Premier Badminton League (PBL) begins on Sunday with a clash between Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers.

other sports Updated: Dec 31, 2016 21:05 IST
Premier Badminton League

The Premier Badminton League (PBL) begins on Sunday with a clash between Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers.(PTI)

The Premier Badminton League (PBL) begins on Sunday with a clash between Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers in a clash that includes a sub-plot -- a tussle between Olympic women’s singles finalists Carolina Marin and P.V. Sindhu.

Carolina had triumphed over Sindhu in the Rio Games final and come Sunday, they will renew the rivalry on the first day of 2017. But what will be interesting to see is whether Hyderbad’s crowd support Chennai’s Sindhu against two-time reigning world champion Carolina, who will be spearheading Hyderbad’s challenge.

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Apart from Sindhu, Chennai boast men’s singles shuttlers Tommy Sugiarto and Parupalli Kashyap, who will be eager to continue his progress after making a comeback from a knee injury. Britain’s Adcock couple, Chris and Gabrielle will be important in the men’s and the mixed doubles matches.

In the opposite camp will be two talented Indian singles youngsters Sameer Verma and B. Sai Praneeth. In the form of English Rajiv Ouseph, Hyderabad have a proven international player. Malaysian doubles specialist Tan Boon Heong and Tan Wee Kiong.

Here’s the full schedule of Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2017:

January 1: Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers, Bengaluru Blasters vs Delhi Acers

January 2: Awadhe Warriors vs Hyderabad Hunters

January 3: Bengaluru Blasters vs Chennai Smashers, Delhi Acers vs Mumbai Rockets

January 4: Hyderabad Hunters vs Mumbai Rockets

January 5: Awadhe Warriors vs Delhi Acers

January 6: Awadhe Warriors vs Mumbai Rockets

January 7: Bengaluru Blasters vs Hyderabad Hunters

January 8: Delhi Acers vs Chennai Smashers

January 9: Awadhe Warriors vs Bengaluru Blasters

January 10: Mumbai Rockets vs Chennai Smashers

January 11: Awadhe Warriors vs Chennai Smashers

January 12: Delhi Acers vs Hyderabad Hunters

January 13: Semi-final 1, Semi-final 2

January 14: FINAL