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Md. Sp. show interest

New Delhi: Questions over the future of I League were once again raised on Tuesday, when Mohammedan Sporting joined three other teams in planning to bid for a franchisee in the eight-team city-based tournament, likely to start in September.

According to sources, at least one club each from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa have shown keen interest in buying a franchisee in the Indian Super League (ISL), to be organised by IMG-Reliance, the marketing and broadcasting partner of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

Mohammedan Sporting president Sultan Ahmed said on Tuesday: “We are interested to bid for a franchisee in ISL, but we have to look into the details of how we would go about it. We will discuss the matter in the club governing council meeting next week.”

The organisers, who are trying to rope in one former Test star and a Mumbai film star in bidding for a team in Calcutta, are reportedly working hard to get one of the big clubs from the city to join the fray.

Ideally, they would have wanted either Mohun Bagan or East Bengal to be involved. But there has been no positive response from the Big Two.