The organisation of India’s newest football tournament has been critiqued by one of its imported stats.
Former England keeper David James has criticised the terrible infrastructure of the Indian Super League
James, who is the player coach of the Kerala Blasters, has praised the “massive potential” of the sub-continent’s new division, but has bemoaned the “near non-existent” infrastructure.
“They have got to do some heavy investment, the infrastructure is near on non-existent.” the former Portsmouth goalkeeper told BBC Sport. “Training facilities are very, very hard to come by.
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The league was started this year and is modelled on the hugely successful Indian Premier League cricket tournament.
James has had great success in his first season in the ISL. His Blasters side finished in the top four and beat leaders Chennaiyin in the playoff semi-final.
Legendary Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero, ex-Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg and David Trezeguet are amongst the star names that have been strutting their stuff in the fledgling league this season.
Former Manchester City star Elano has been the standout player in the league so far, scoring eight goals in 11 games.