Indian Super League (ISL) announced a new set of standards earlier this week for the ISL 2021-22 season that require teams to have a minimum of seven Indian players on the outfield at any given time. This decision to increase the number of Indian players has been praised by Chennaiyin FC co-owner Abhishek Bachchan. The Bollywood star feels that it would inspire and offer a platform for more young Indian footballers to display their abilities and make their name in the football fraternity.
Abhishek Bachchan, who is an enthusiastic football fan lauded the decision by ISL saying that it will encourage the upcoming talents to give their best and showcase their skills.
“This isn’t a surprise; this is something the ISL always intended [to do]. The quest was always to give Indian talent that many opportunities to showcase talent on the pitch. I’m glad this decision has been taken because it pushes us to really encourage Indian lads to get out there and give their best,” said Abhishek Bachchan in a conversation with the Apollo Tyres live chat show Pitstop With Bad Road Buddies.
ISL has been a roadmap for the youngsters to represent India: Abhishek Bachchan
The Junior Bachchan also added that Indian youngsters have always been a talented bunch of players and have performed admirably in the tournament. The ISL has played a huge part in the development of these players as the majority of them are now representing India in the World Cup Qualifiers in Doha.
“Indian boys have always managed to shine. If you see the kind of new Indian footballers coming through the ISL. The current Indian side that is playing the World Cup qualifiers, there’re so many new faces over there, young boys and one of the youngest squads you see in the longest time. It’s very encouraging and that’s part of the quest of ISL as well,” added Abhishek Bachchan.
Lallianzuala Chhangte and Anirudh Thapa, who represent Chennaiyan FC are among the Indian youngsters who rose to success through ISL and currently are playing for the national side in the WC Qualifiers.