Badminton powerhouses P. V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will face each other on the inaugural day of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) Season 3 at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati on December 23.
London Olympics silver medalist Sindhu is the icon of Chennai Smashers while three-time Olympian and bronze medalist, and first Indian woman shuttler to become world number 1, Nehwal will be representing the Lucknow franchise.
The first leg of the league will take place in Guwahati, which is the debutant North Eastern Warriors’ hometown, where they will meet Olympic champion Carolina Marin’s Hyderabad Hunters on the second day of the 23-day league.
The other teams in this leg are Delhi Dashers, Mumbai Rockets and women’s world number 1 Tai Tzu-Ying’s Ahmedabad Smash Masters. The NE Warriors will also face Ahmedabad Smash Masters.
The tournament will shift to Delhi after four days in Guwahati, which will host five ties from December 27 onward.
The next stop will be Lucknow from January 1. The PBL will move to Chennai on January 5 for the penultimate leg.
The shuttlers will then fly to Hyderabad on January 10 for two ties, one between Delhi Dashers and NE Warriors and another with Hyderabad Hunters and Bengaluru Blasters. The semi-finals will take place on January 12 and 13 and the final on January 14.