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5 ways that the Premier Badminton League will help Indian badminton

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1.23K   //    01 Jan 2016, 17:53 IST

The second season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) will begin in Mumbai on Saturday, and much is expected out of the two-week competition. The league will see some of the best players in the game play for six different teams and explore different parts of the country, in a veritable badminton extravaganza.The league has a lot of scope to help Indian badminton, as already seen in the first edition back in 2013. Here is a look at five ways by which the PBL could prove to be beneficial for the sport in the country. 

#1 Chance for youngsters to play with senior Indian stars

For someone like a Siril Verma, it is a great opportunity to play alongside a Parupalli Kashyap

Each of the PBL teams consists of 10 players that include some very well-known Indian as well as overseas professionals. Also, in the mix will be a few upcoming Indian players, and the two-week competition provides some of them with a great opportunity to play alongside the greats. 

For someone like Siril Verma, who will represent the Hyderabad Hunters, to be in the same team as Parupalli Kashyap would be a dream come true, and he will look to gain as much as he can from the Commonwealth gold medalist.

Similarly, it would be an awesome experience for 17-year-old Vrushali Gummadi to train with Saina Nehwal while playing for the Awadhe Warriors. 

The likes of Kashyap and Saina have experienced first-hand what it takes to become a badminton star in India. The PBL would thus provide an avenue for a lot of young Indian talent to learn those invaluable lessons.

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