India international goalkeeper Subrata Paul believes merging the star-studded Indian Super League (ISL) with the I-League to create a year-long competition with 15-16 teams would be great for the game in the country.
The 29-year-old also urged the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the sponsors of both the leagues to come up with one league as early as possible which will help the many clubless yet talented footballers.
“I would want to see I-League, ISL merge to create one league in the country which will go on for 10 months. It is really hectic for us to play in three places, ISL, I-League and also in national team. Also we also do not want ISL, I-League matches to clash with national team matches,” Paul, who is supporting budding talents at a Red Bull Winning 5 event said.
“I was unlucky to miss first two games for ISL side Mumbai City FC last season just to play for national side. If the schedule was made in a proper manner then we could have played both national and ISL matches.”
“ISL has done the best thing to bring football in every household which was not found for last couple of years. Lot of players are jobless more than 300 players. Only nine I-League teams cannot fit all talented players. I request the sponsors and the federation to make it one league with 15 teams minimum and run it for entire year to attack more talented players who are jobless,” he added.