New Delhi: The names of former cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and Bollywood stars Ranbir Kapoor and Salman Khan were doing the rounds as probable owners as the much awaited franchise line-up of the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament is all set to be announced on Sunday. (Note: Adjoining image is for representational purpose only)
Den Cable, owned by Sameer Manchanda, may get Delhi, while Tendulkar, Ganguly and Ranbir may settle for Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai franchises. Salman had shown his interest in the Pune franchise. The eight cities who have likely made the cut are Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Goa, and Guwahati. The two-month tournament will be played in September.
The ISL is managed by IMG-Reliance, commercial partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The league will be held in association with Star India. A top official in the AIFF told IANS that Sun TV, which also owns Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, may get the Banglaore franchise.