A day before the Premier Badminton League Season 5 player auction, another big gun Kidambi Srikanth has pulled out of the competition. This is the second major blow to the league after Saina Nehwal had withdrawn for “health reasons” on Sunday.
Just like Saina, Srikanth too has taken to twitter to announce that he would not be participating in the Premier Badminton League 2020. With an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Bengaluru Raptors ace player has chosen preparations for his international commitments over the Badminton Association of India’s professional league.
“It’s a tough road ahead. Need to go full throttle and fulfill the expectations that lie on me. Hence, I won’t be playing PBL this year to focus more on International events. Wish @blr_raptors all the very best and hope for a smashing season this year as well,” reads the tweet.
It’s a tough road ahead. Need to go full throttle and fulfill the expectations that lie on me. Hence, I won’t be playing PBL this year to focus more on International events. Wish @blr_raptors all the very best and hope for a smashing season this year as well.
— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) November 25, 2019
Srikanth, the giant killer who could not win a major international title this year, has seen his rankings fall out of the top 10 for the first time in two years. His best this year has come at the Hong Kong Open where he managed to reach the semi-finals. He will now be keen on consolidating on that position.
The PBL 2020 had received its first major blow on the playing field when Saina had announced that she would not join the players’ auction this year.
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It is feared that in the Olympic year some other leading international badminton stars might give the PBL a miss. It is learnt that Carolina Marin and Tai Tzu Ying too were yet to confirm their participation.
The PBL Auction is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in New Delhi. The fifth edition of the league will be played in four – Chennai, Delhi, Lucknow and Bengaluru.