The fourth edition of India’s top badminton tournament the Premier Badminton League (PBL) will kickstart from 22nd December. Stars from around the world and top Indian shuttlers will be taking the court with opening round matches to take place at NSCI stadium in Mumbai. The year the league will welcome Pune7Aces which is co owned by Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu.
The team has a strong lineup of Indian and international badminton stars and will be expected to do well in the tournament. The Indian contingent of the 7Aces team comprises of Ajay Jayaram, Chirag Shetty, Lakshya Sen and Prajakta Sawant.
The Pune team also managed to bag some top international stars during the player’s auction. Mathias Boe the best doubles player in the world will lead the team, while Spaniard Carolina Marin will be the attraction in the Women’s single category along with Danish talent- Line Kjaersfeldt. The team will be playing their home matches at Pune’s Balewadi Stadium.
In the doubles category, the team will have the presence of young Chirag Shetty alongside the experienced Russian, Vladimir Ivanov.
Speaking about the team skipper Mathias Boe said “I am ecstatic to have an opportunity to lead this team. We have a couple of determined youngsters, world champions and even experienced coaches, who are all extremely vital to our success. I may be the senior-most player on this team, but I hope that my experience and technical know-how will allow me to efficiently lead Pune7Aces to victory in the PBL!”.
Talking about the team Taapsee Pannu, Co-Owner, Pune7Aces, said “I am thrilled for Pune7Aces to start their campaign in the Premier Badminton League. We have a very promising squad with a mix of both young and senior players in the team. We hope that everyone uses their collective experience in the game to take this team to the very top in the PBL. We are in it to win the league and I can already sense that in all my players. Pune is an important market for badminton and I will do whatever it takes in my capacity to take this game to the next level. I am super excited for my team and will be cheering them on from the stands at every single game!”.
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram also seems optimistic of doing well in the tournament after recovering from a hamstring injury.
“It’s been little topsy-turvy kind of two years for me. I’ve been injured most of last year and early this year. I have just started playing from the middle of this year. It’s gone kind of reasonably well and I have had a few podium finishes in the run-up to the PBL,” Jayaram said to PTI on sidelines of the event.
“I am kind of confident and hoping that PBL turns things around for me in the coming months as well. I am quite excited, it’s a new team,” he added.