Premier League ready for 2014
Ladbrokes World Darts Championship runner-up Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall will make their debuts in the Premier League Darts after being confirmed in the 2014 line-up.
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Wright has been rewarded for his success in reaching the final with his first appearance in darts' roadshow tournament.
Chisnall, meanwhile, has risen into the world's top five, which has included a run to the World Grand Prix final, a European Tour win and two Players Championship victories, with his debut in Premier League Darts.
New world champion Michael van Gerwen, who won the Premier League title in his debut season in 2013, will defend his crown alongside six-time champion Phil Taylor and 2011 winner Gary Anderson, who is one of the Sky Sports wildcards in the event.
Former Premier League finalists Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock are joined by Raymond van Barneveld, a six-time semi-finalist in the tournament, while Robert Thornton and Wes Newton retain their places after making their debuts in 2013.
"This is a fantastic line-up for the 2014 Premier League Darts and I congratulate Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall on their selection, which is fully deserved after their brilliant years," said PDC chairman Barry Hearn.
"The Premier League Darts has always guaranteed excitement, shocks and world-class darts, and this line-up of ten players is sure to provide that by the bucket-load.
"We'll be welcoming record crowds for the Premier League Darts and also visiting the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and Leeds' First Direct Arena for the first time in what promises to be a memorable four months."
Hearn added: "There is always going to be debate and discussion over which players are included but the wildcards chosen both by ourselves and Sky Sports provide a great mix of quality, experience and personalities.
"Many more players came into consideration due to the incredibly high standard now on the PDC circuit, particularly Andy Hamilton and Kim Huybrechts, as well as James Wade.
"James has enjoyed six great years in Premier League Darts and was a worthy champion in 2009. However, this year we believe that he would benefit from a break from the pressures and travel of competing in the tournament to continue his treatment for his well-documented health issues."
The 16-week Premier League Darts campaign initially sees the 10 players play each other once, before the bottom two are relegated after 'Judgement Night' in week nine.
The remaining eight players will then meet once more over the next six weeks before the top four players progress to the play-offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 22.
2014 Premier League Darts line-up:
Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld
Dates and venues
Night One, February 6: Echo Arena, Liverpool
Night Two, February 13: BIC, Bournemouth
Night Three, February 20: Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Night Four, February 27: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Night Five, March 6: Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Night Six, March 13: Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Night Seven, March 20: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Night Eight, March 27: The O2, Dublin
Night Nine, April 3: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Night 10, April 10: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Night 11, April 17: GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen
Night 12, April 24: Phones 4u Arena, Manchester
Night 13, May 1:NIA, Birmingham
Night 14, May 8: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Night 15, May 15: The Brighton Centre
Play-Offs, May 22: The O2, London