ISL Likely To Re-Introduce Player Auctions

Thursday, 11 May 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee

If reports are to be believed then the Indian Super League will see the return of the player auctions after two years.

According to Bengali daily AnandaBazar Patrika, IMG R have already asked the franchisees to restrain themselves from negotiating contracts with the players before the auctions. But things will take an interesting turn if AIFF persists with their proposed plan of running the I-League and the ISL simultaneously. 

If this indeed is the case, then the I-League clubs, whose pockets might not be as deep as the ISL teams (putting Bengaluru FC aside) will find it extremely difficult to attract quality players. Also, the fact that new franchises will be blending themselves in the cash-rich ISL, won't help the cause of the I-League sides. Since the inception of ISL in 2014, the players have been switching over to the I-League as soon as the cash-rich franchise league ended. 

Sensing trouble, the officials of the Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are already opposing AIFF's idea of conducting parallel leagues, knowing full well that if ISL manages to lure most of the quality players, they will have to be content with the academy players and ISL rejects. Both sets of officials have asked the AIFF to consider the idea of ISL and I-League running separately for 4 months each. 

The teams are now eagerly waiting for Praful Patel to return from his AFC meet and clear out the thick smoke of uncertainty surrounding the future of Indian Football.