Bangalore franchise in the Indian Super League is likely to be scrapped and instead the franchise will find a new home base in Chennai. The reason behind the sudden change is because of few concerns in the Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore which is allotted as the venue for the team.
The turf at the stadium is deemed unfit by the official pitch consultant Greg Gillin, who is also a Wembley Stadium expert and Senior Director. Another reason for the shift is the venue will be available only on Sundays, which means that Bangalore would be able to host games only on that day and thus get an unfair advantage in the fixture schedule.
The IMG-Reliance had booked 9 stadiums for the inaugural edition and now the back-up venue Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai is all set to get the bragging rights to host the matches after clearing an inspection on Wednesday.
The fourteen local players selected to represent Bangalore by their owners Sun Network and JSW in the domestic draft last match will be transferred to the new franchise. The owner for the Chennai franchise will be revealed before the International Players’ draft which is scheduled on August 21.
It is also learnt that the Sun Group, owners of the Bangalore franchise in the Indian Super League are likely to pull out of the tournament. This might be due to differences with organisers IMG-Reliance and the fact that their partnership with Bengaluru FC owners JSW wasn’t approved, Sun Group won’t be a part of the ISL with an official announcement expected later today.
With the Chennai franchise’s owner is yet to be decided, India Cements have a better chance and are the most likely contender to own the team. Other franchises of the eight-team tournament are Atletico de Kolkata, Delhi Dynamos FC, Kerala Blasters FC, Mumbai City FC, North East United FC, FC Pune City and Team Goa.