The second edition of Premier Badminton League is all set to kick-start on January 2nd
The second edition of Premier Badminton League is all set to kick-start on January 2nd. The league is rolling out with a new set of rules of ‘Trump Match’. India top shuttler PV Sindhu said the new format of 15-point games will make the ties interesting and keep the shuttlers on their toes.
“The League will be interesting as a few new rules that are introduced will keep us on our toes. At no point can we leave our guards down,” Sindhu said.
“Also a 15 point game means that we have to keep our hold on the game all throughout, not allowing the other to run away with it. So yes it will be an exciting time during the League as each day can see a new team ruling the points table.”
The same ideology has been shared by another Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on the new rule of ‘Trump Match’. He said “We have never done these kind of things and obviously it is exciting. There will be a lot of strategy involved in it. I think it is a very big job and a challenge for any coach.”
‘Trump Match’ rules
As per the ‘Trump Match’ rules, both teams will specify which of the five matches will be their respective Trump Match along with the list of players at least one hour before the start of the tie with the referee.
A team winning the ‘Trump Match’, after selecting one of the five matches in a tie, would fetch them a bonus point and a negative point in case of defeat.
Coach’s stand on ‘Trump Match’
Among the six franchisees the Bengaluru Top Guns coach Arvind Bhat also admitted that the rule will throw a big challenge for the coach.
“The rule will throw a big challenge before the coach, and he has to take the right decision on it, so that the team gains bonus points rather than losing points and eventually losing the tie from a winning position, in rare cases,” Bhat said.
“I think it is a very strategic thing, but at the same time it can play a very crucial role in some matches that will have cascading effect on the League,” he added.
The Premier Badminton League will see six franchisees – Delhi Acers, Hyderabad Hunters, Bengaluru Top Guns, Chennai Smashers, Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors – competing for top honours.
The opening day of the League will witness Awadhe Warriors taking on Mumbai Rockets in Mumbai.