Commercial sponsors looking for a solution
IMG-R, the commercial partners of the AIFF and the organisers of India’s new IPL style tournament, want to call a meeting with the I-league clubs to discuss loaning players out for their new venture.
So far the I-League clubs have refused to allow their players to participate in the tournament which runs, during the I-League hiatus between January and April.
The issue is that clubs are unwilling to let their players leave and possibly get injured playing in the new tournament, the club’s refusal to allow players to leave put’s the IMG-R in a tricky position.
They wish to promote the tournament as a way of improving Indian football and can hardly do that should the majority of Indian professionals be absent.
Ashu Jindal, CEO, IMG-Reliance Wrote to the club’s to inform them that they could also bid for a franchise (team that will participate in the tournament), but he warned them that they will not be able to use players already signed to them.
According to Goal India jindal continued: “We would be happy to include your players in our player pool by way of a loan, in the event you notify us prior to the finalization of the player pool for this year.
“In any case, whether or not you wish to participate in the IMG Reliance Tournament, we would be happy to take your players on loan as we believe that the players will also benefit from playing in this tournament. We look forward to discuss this with you at the earliest.”