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Bhaichung Bhutia bats for unified league in heart-to-heart with fans on Khel Now

Written by: Aniket Surve

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The legendary striker and former India captain expressed his views in a frank conversation with Khel Now on Twitter.

Legendary striker and former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia again made his views clear on the stirring debate between the I-League and Indian Super League (ISL) in a series of replies to the tweets of fans asking him about the topic in a conversation on Khel Now's Twitter handle. It all started with a fan who protested against the kickoff timings of I-league games this season. The league recently announced its fixtures and timings and it came as a shock for Indian football fans to see the kickoff timing of 2 pm. 

The former India international heavily criticized officials in a reply to the fan’s tweet. The reply triggered many fans who started shooting questions about the future of both leagues. Bhutia sportingly replied to many tweets and explained his views on both the leagues. 

 

Bhutia tweeted that he fully supports the concept of merging the two leagues and having a unified league with 18-20 teams and spanning over the course of a full season like in Europe. 

 

 


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The former Indian striker dusted off the criticism as he explained that he supports a two-league system only till a final decision on the merger is made so that a lot of players get a chance to showcase their talents, but he still backs the idea of a unified league in the long term.

 

The debate focused on the I-league’s increment in foreign players quota as a fan showed concerned over reduced chances for local players in the starting XIs of teams. The league increased its foreign players quota from four to six with a maximum of five in the starting XI. 

 

Bhutia replied that the rule changed because some teams demanded it. Wealthy teams like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were the ones who forced the change in the rule. The former talisman from Sikkim believes that it is unfair to the local players.

 

It was nice to see a former international getting engaged in a healthy debate with fans and clearifying his views on important issues.

 

Published: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:45 PM IST

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