Calcutta: Bhaichung Bhutia has backed the upcoming franchise-based league and urged the I-League clubs to release their players for the same early next year.
“The Indian players will get a chance to rub shoulders with some international icons, giving them a fine exposure. It will benefit Indian football,” he said during a promotional here, on Sunday.
“Quite a few national players have signed for the IMG-Reliance tournament and it would further help Indian football if the I-League clubs also release their players. It’s an experiment in Indian football and we should support it.”
Bhutia further said that India are the favourites in the SAFF Championship, that got underway in Kathmandu on Saturday.
“SAFF Championship has always been a happy hunting ground for India.
“No doubt, we would start as the favourites, but it would not be easy. The other teams would try their best to give India a good fight.”