Now with 10 teams, and a possibly eleventh corporate club, the ISL could get more time than the 10-week they originally sought.
IMG-Reliance had earlier asked for a 10-week period starting Sep 20 for the inaugural edition. But with several Indian stars set to miss the first part of the league due to the Asian Games (Sep 19-Oct 4) and international friendlies, IMG-Reliance felt that the league will lose much of its sheen. The issue was first raised by AIFF vice president Srinivas Dempo, who owns the Goa franchise of the ISL and highly successful I-League club Dempo. He wanted the ISL postponed by a couple of weeks, citing five of his players can make the Asian Games squad and it would be difficult for him to raise a competitive side for the ISL. Point well taken.
This postponement request gave the IMG-Reliance to seek extension of the ISL by two more weeks to ensure the participation of all the top Indian players. That would mean a two-week break for the ISL when the top players would be on national duty.
It seems that ISL will finally get what it demanded as the future of AIFF's Rs.700 million deal with IMG-Reliance very much depends on the success of this league. With all the machinery working in tandem to ensure a successful ISL, it looks like money is finally doing all the talking and the future of the I-League certainly looks bleak. (IANS)