Top players including India's Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy have all been openly critical of the BWF for going through with tournaments.
Saina Nehwal and Sourabh Verma are the defending champions, having won the women's and men's singles titles respectively in Guwahati last year.
Saina Nehwal bowed out of the event in the first round and is racing against time to qualify for the Olympics scheduled to begin on July 24.
The event offers 12,000 ranking points to the winner and with the Olympic qualification on the line, most of the top players will be seen in action despite coronavirus outbreak.
Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa, N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will be participating in the tournament
PV Sindhu will open her campaign against Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi and is expected to face seventh seed Michelle Li of Canada in the quarterfinals.
Saina Nehwal is currently lying in 22nd place in Race to Tokyo list and needs a rapid rise in the rankings to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Saina Nehwal secured a straight game win over Ukraine's Maria Ulitina to storm into the women's singles quarterfinals.
Kidambi Srikanth will now face Ajay Jayaram as he races against time to secure qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by improving his world ranking.
Saina Nehwal and Kidmabi Srikanth are currently ranked 18th and 15th respectively, while being placed 22nd and 26th in the 'Race to Tokyo' rankings.
Saina Nehwal knocked out after losing 13-21, 21-17, 15-21 to Denmark's Line Kjaersfeldt in first round of theThailand Masters on Wednesday.
Owing to their inconsistent outings in 2019, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth are placed at the 22nd and 23rd spots in BWF's Race to Tokyo rankings with April 26 being the cut off date for Olympic qualification.
The Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) made it clear that it played no role in Saina Nehwal shifting from Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad to Bengaluru to train under Vimal Kumar.
Malaysia Masters: PV Sindhu will take on World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying, while Saina Nehwal will be up against Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the quarter-finals.
Kidambi Srikanth crashed out in the first round of Malaysia Masters on Wednesday.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out in the first round as Indian shuttlers got off to a poor start at Malaysia Masters on Tuesday.
PV Sindhu won the World Championships in Basel last year, but made early exits in the rest of the season, including failing to defend her World Tour Finals crown in December.
Saina Nehwal posted a video of husband Parupalli Kashyap singing a song from hit Bollywood movie 'The Dirty Picture'.