Anupam Dutta, CEO of Football Sports Development Private Limited (FDSPL), a joint venture between IMG-Reliance and Star India, mentioned that the Indian Super League’s (ISL) objective is to promote football in the country.
Speaking after the international players draft in Mumbai, Dutta informed that every participating team in the ISL was pleased with their pickings.
“Any league’s success depends on the success of the teams and that’s what we were here for. The teams got the players they wanted. From my discussion with the teams, they are happy. We have a good set of Indian players. There is a good compliment of Indian and international players.
“For us, ISL is about Indian football,” he said.
Dutta categorically pointed that the organisers are trying their utmost to deal with various challenges in their way in order to ensure a successful launch and execution of the inaugural edition of the ISL.
“In order to have a successful league, we are pulling off all the stops. Of course, not all are marquee players but are immensely talented. The idea is to give the Indian audience quality matches which are evenly matched.
“We have got the best coverage with Star doing it for us. Star’s production will be nothing short of what you see in some of the top end leagues of the world. We can look forward to a great season.”
He confirmed that the ISL will kick-off on October 12th, 2014 and concluded on December 20, 2014.
“The ISL starts on 12th October with the finals on 20th December. The schedule has been circulated with the teams and we need to discuss with them before making any announcement.”
He reiterated that the announcement of the owners of Chennai franchise would be made in due course.
“They were represented by Prashant Agrawal of Play on Skills. The owners will be revealed at an appropriate time after a review by our apex committee.”
The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) and Kerala Football Association (KFA) are involved in a tussle over the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium with India expected to play an ODI at the venue on October 8, 2014 while the ISL’s first tie at the said venue is scheduled a week later.
“We have worked at all the venues and on the practice grounds too. The Kochi stadium is contracted to us,” he pointed.