Ten Indian Super League franchises signed 134 footballers during a frantic five hour period on Sunday evening at a posh hotel in Mumbai but it didn't end on a happy note for the 71 footballers didn't find any suitors during the drafts.
Former India international Gourmangi Singh, who had represented FC Pune City last year and was a pivotal part of the national team for a long peiod, was not picked up by any of the outfits. If Singh's price tag of 35 lakhs acted as a deterrent for potential suitors, the case was same for another experienced defender Ravanan Dharamraj, who -priced even higher- also suffered the same fate.
Former national team player Syed Rahim Nabi, who contested the assembly elections last year and has been out of action ever since, was expectly not drafted in by any of the teams. Multiple times I-League winner Debabrata Roy, who was plying his trade for Chennai City FC in the last I-League season, also went unsold along with his colleague Avishek Das.
On the other hand, three well-known left backs Gurjinder Kumar, Saumik Dey and Nallappan Mohanraj also didn't find any clubs.
Other notable exclusions included former Bengaluru FC midfielders Darren Caldeira, Beikhokhei Beingaichho , former India international NS Manju, former Pune FC defender Srikanth Ramu, former India U-19 captain Souvik Das, proimising winger Nikhil Kadam.
The I-League teams are now waiting on the fringes to be active in the transfer market and as things stand now, these players will have to take part in that tournament unless some franchise decide to sign them outside the draft.