Sachin Tendulkar’s Indian Super League franchise named as Kerala Blasters Football Club
‘Kerala Blasters Football Club’ is the new name of the Indian Super League Franchise, which is based in Kochi. The league is co-owned by Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and media baron Prasad V Potluri from Hyderabad. The official announcement was made by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday morning after a half an hour talk with Tendulkar and Potluri.
On being asked his ideas on the change of name, Sachin said, “People used to call me master blaster. I’m supporting Kerala … Kochi team. I hope the entire Kerala will be behind our football team. That’s why we thought of naming it as Kerala Blasters FC.” He added by saying, “I grew up playing cricket but very few know that I enjoyed playing other sports too, such as hockey, badminton, table tennis and football. In the Indian team and Mumbai Indians team, we used to play football during the warm-up session. It used to be so competitive that we were forced to stop it fearing injury.”
He further spoke to the media about Indian football and the Kerala Football Team. “In the eighties, I remember that the national football team used to have a number of Kerala players. Compared to that, sad to say, not a single Kerala player is representing our nation now.”
“We hope to change the face of Indian football… I know that just my face alone will not change it overnight. We would like to encourage football in schools and college.”
The KBFC plans to take up 1.25 lakh students and give them through training. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy spoke to the media about this plan and said, “The club has agreed to train students in the state. They will select the schools and train 1.25 lakh students. All expenses will borne by the club.”
After a glorious 20 years in Indian Cricket, Sachin’s retirement came as a shock to all his fans, who could never even imagine cricket without Sachin. Now, Sachin is the goodwill ambassador of the National Games. It will be held in Kerala in January and February, 2015. According to Sachin, “It’s such a huge honour for me. I’ll be more than happy to accept it and promote sports in India.”
Further, Sachin even had a meeting with VS Achuthan, the opposition leader, to seek his support for the venture, the football team.
– YS Subramaniam