IPL to join hands with I-League in 2016?


New Delhi: As per a report in DNA, some Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise owners have picked up the tender document floated by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) inviting bids to join the I-League in 2016. The statement was made by I-League CEO Sunando Dhar but he did not disclose the names of the corporate ghouses who have shown interest in picking up teams for I-League in 2016.

This news comes at a time when Indian football administrators are contemplating a merger between the Indian Super League (ISL) and the I-League."Both leagues complement each other. The I-League season has been pushed to January to benefit the ISL. The ISL starts in October and ends in December. The I-League starts in January and ends in May, so it would be better to have one league with eight-nine months of competition. A single league with 15-16 teams could be established in three years' time," Dhar was quoted as saying in the DNA report.

ISL turned out to be a huge success in its first year. While the I-League continues to struggle in terms of attracting sponsors and interest from football fans. Hence it would be interesting to see the approach of AIFF in terms of developing a plan to merge the two leagues.