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Road Map For Indian Football: Mohun Bagan Director Srinjoy Bose Seeks Reassurance From Praful Patel

Monday, 8 May 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee

The ISL- I-League merger may be ruled out for atleast 2-3 years now, but the road ahead is a blurry one. The I-League clubs and the franchises are now waiting for Praful Patel to show them the way ahead once he returns from the AFC meet.

The merger being ruled out may be good news for the I-League clubs but there is a twist in the tale. AIFF have proposed a dual league system where ISL and I-League will run parallelly for a longer period of time. 

Even though the I-League may be considered as the official league of the country, ISL would be able to overshadow the I-League owing to their deep pockets. 

In order to circumvent the issue, Bagan officials suggested that both the leagues should run separately for a span of 4 months each. AIFF President Praful Patel is yet to make a final call on this matter. He did, however, gave some assurances to the I-League clubs.

In a letter to the AIFF President on May 7th, Mohun Bagan Director Srinjoy Bose reminds Mr. Patel of the commitments he made and seeks reassurance on certain issues.

The letter reads as follows -


Mr. Praful Patel


All India Football Federation

Respected Sir,

Kind reference is invited to our meeting held on 6th May 2017 at Trident Hotel, Mumbai, in presence of the following persons with regards to the build up of a roadmap for future and improvement of Indian Football.

Mr Praful Patel, President, AIFF

Mr Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, AIFF

Mr Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF

Mr Sunando Dhar, CEO, I League

Mr Srinjoy Bose, Director, United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt Ltd.

Mr Debashis Dutta, Director, United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt Ltd.

Dr Pronab Dasgupta, President, Kingfisher East Bengal Team

Dr Santi Ranjan Dasgupta, Director, Kingfisher East Bengal Team

Mr Debrabata Sarkar, Director, Kingfisher East Bengal Team

In accordance to the above mentioned meeting, we would like to highlight the main points which were discussed

during our conversation.

1. You had distinctively stated in the course of our meet that the ILeague

will continue to be the official League

of the Nation.

2. The winner of I League will continue to participate in AFC Champions League under the statutes and auspices of AFC and AIFF.

3. You also raised your attention to the fact that for the improvement of Indian Football, the duration of Indian Super League should be expanded to a longer period and it should run parallel with I League.

4. On this, we made a suggestion that I League and ISL tournament should be played for 4 months each separately.

5. We appreciate your acceptance that the Broadcast and Production of the ILeague

should be improved. You also mentioned that the quality of production of I League has gone down drastically and needs proper redressal.

Also, the production and broadcast should be at par as ISL which will in turn have a holistic impact for teams to rope in quality sponsor for them, which will also be good for the brand I League.

6. You have agreed that both I League and ISL will be equally nurtured by AIFF as a way forward for Indian football.

7. You have said at the meeting that you will allot some financial help from the central pool for I League clubs.

8. You have assured that the merger between I League and Indian Super League tournament will be done within the next three years.

9. We are confident about your words and commitment. We are sure that as you had mentioned that after you come back from the AFC meeting, you will share the blueprint of the road ahead for the betterment of Indian Football.

It was a pleasure meeting you and discussing the prospects of Indian Football at length in order to put things in the right direction from the upcoming football season.

We now look forward to receive the blueprint/roadmap as mentioned above.

Thanking you

Warm Regards

Srinjoy Bose