East Bengal had a long time desired to join ISL, They had to pick up bid documents back in 2017 as well but had to back out due to lack of sponsors.
The club has been in talks with potential sponsors, including American consumer goods company Procter and Gamble. Now for a few weeks they are a singing the players and doing publicity, if all goes well, the fans will have something to cheer.
It is also revealed that Round glass Punjab FC is showing their interest to enter in a premier league and they talked with the authorities.
When the roadmap for the future of Indian football was laid out after the meeting between the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the All India Football Association (AIFF) back in the October last year, it was decided that two clubs would be offered an entry by the end of 2020-21 season.
Now, it seems like the plan has been fast-tracked and we could see the league expanding to 12 teams as early as the next season. On Wednesday, Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL) held a meeting wherein they discussed several things. It is possible for the addition of the two new teams in the upcoming season.
According to the sources, it was decided in the meeting that potential new parties (like East Bengal) need to pick up the bid documents to enter the league. Among others, they discussed about this pandemic situation and how to go about the commencement of the new 2020-2021 season.