Recently retired cricket great, Sachin Tendulkar, has successfully bid to own one of the football franchises in India. Of the eight new franchises, not only has Tendulkar won one of them, so has Sourav Ganguly, another former cricketer. The Spanish club, Atletico Madrid will also be owning one of the eight soccer franchises in India.
Tendulkar, along with PVP Ventures, have won the franchise for the Kochi team. PVP Ventures has interests in media, real estate, and films.
Tendulkar commented: “I will always remain a sportsman at heart who is keen to positively impact the sporting fabric of the nation.” The former cricketer further commented: “The Indian Super League presents a great opportunity to develop a platform for the youngsters to learn and enhance their talent to develop into outstanding players.”
Tendulkar further commented: “With the Kochi club, we will strive to ‘score our goals’ and play a part in developing the game of football across the country.”
The former cricket captain, Ganguly, and Atletico Madrid, the La Liga leader, were part of the same consortium that will be owning the Kolkata football team.
The owner of Atletico, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, enthused: “I am very excited to have won the Kolkata franchise of the ISL, and being the first international team to be directly owning a club in India we, along with our Indian Partners and IMG-Reliance, aim to revolutionize football in the country.”
The Indian Super League (ISL) is expected to kick off in the middle of September and continue until the end of November. The Indian Super League has been modeled on the Indian Premier League that is used for cricket. The move has been backed by the soccer governing body in India, and it is expected to become very popular. Having former top cricketers support the soccer league will certainly help to make football more popular in India.