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Tendulkar’s ISL team is named

Kochi: The Kochi team for the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament, co-owned by Sachin Tendulkar, has been named Kerala Blasters. The name was announced by state chief minister Oommen Chandy after his brief meeting with Tendulkar, in Thiruvananthapuram, on Tuesday.

Tendulkar also accepted Chandy’s request to be the Goodwill Ambassador of the National Games, to be held in Kerala, in January-February 2015.

Tendulkar, who was given a rousing reception at the airport and government secretariat, also called on opposition leader VS Achuthanandan, seeking support in his efforts to promote football.

After meeting Chandy, Tendulkar said that he was “overwhelmed and speechless” at the love and affection showered on him by Keralites.

“People call me Master Blaster... One can say there is possibly an association with the name of the team. I grew up playing cricket... Very few people knew that I enjoy other sports like hockey, football and badminton,” Tendulkar said.

He said the Indian Super League would definitely give a boost to football in the country. As a Rajya Sabha member, Tendulkar said that he has submitted to the Human Resources Development Ministry his “vision” on the promotion of sports and would continue to pursue that.

“With collective and positive efforts, we are sure the results will be good.”