Mumbai: Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday threw his weight behind the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL), saying it was the way forward to unearth football talent in the cricket-mad country.
“There is a lot of sporting talent in the country, but no platform to showcase the talent. Perhaps ISL is the answer,” Tendulkar said in Mumbai at the launch of the eight-city franchise-based tournament to be played in October-December.
Tendulkar, who retired last year as the leading run-getter in both Test and one-day cricket, is co-owner of the Kochi franchise in the new league that has been modelled on the lines of cricket’s cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).
While the 40-year-old’s fame and fortune is due to his exploits on the cricket field, he said that the most important thing was for Indians to develop and nurture a love of sport.
“My vision for India is sport for all. It is not about being professional but staying healthy and fit,” he said.