East Bengal’s hopes of getting into the ISL this season are dashed with the league organisers deciding towards including new teams for the upcoming version of the franchise-based event. Organisers of Indian Super League, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), made it clear throughout a gathering with membership representatives on Friday that they’ll stick to 10 teams for now as a substitute of floating tenders for brand spanking new outfits.
The 2020-21 ISL is scheduled to be held from November to March in a single venue in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Goa and Kerala have emerged as front-runners to host the profitable event with the previous extra doubtless to get the nod.
“East Bengal didn’t have a chance after April because it takes time with so much of legalities and other important things involved,” a source shut to FSDL instructed PTI on Saturday. “From April till November they had more than six months but once they have crossed that, there was no chance for East Bengal.”
When contacted, a high East Bengal official although maintained that the ISL doorways have been still “open” for them. “There was no official meeting. You can say these are all rumours. The door is still open for us, and we are in talks with a potential investor,” the official said.
Following their cut up with Quess Corp, the century-old membership has acquired its sporting rights back and is known to be in talks with potential buyers. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee can also be eager for the red-and-gold’s foray into the ISL and the state authorities helps out in roping in an investor.
Their arch-rivals Mohun Bagan have already joined the top-tier ISL by forming a brand new entity with reigning champions ATK. The venue for the 2020-21 season is ready to be introduced on August 7. In October, a digital ISL workshop will probably be performed and the golf equipment will probably be “presented with all the details, rules and regulations” concerning the event under the present circumstances.
The organisers additionally said that the league will probably be held in India after a membership consultant raised the potential of taking it overseas in view of the present scenario within the nation.