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ISL 2017/18: Do you know why Sachin Tendulkar met with Kerala CM?

[caption id="attachment_57415" align="aligncenter" width="580"]ISL Sachin Tendulkar met with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today. Image Source: Facebook[/caption]

Internet Desk: Legendary Indian cricketer and Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters co-owner Sachin Tendulkar met with Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to get the support from the state government  for the Indian Super League (ISL) Season 4.

Master Blaster, went to CM’s office in the morning along with wife Anjali. Fans were present there too who greeted him after he got out of his car.

"We want CM to be there and support Kerala Blasters. Last season indeed was an exciting one. The team played well. There were some tough times along the way. But that happens in sport. But the team stuck together and there was quality football," he told reporters after meeting Vijayan.

"It is not about winning matches. The brand of football we play, we need to win hearts as well which Kerala Blasters did so well last season. We expect the team to get out and do the same this year", Tendulkar said.

He said Blasters was also training about 1,800 children at the grassroots level, who aspire to play for Kerala Blasters someday. These players are their role models, he said and sought the support of everyone for the team.

The Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) today announced that the opening ceremony and the first encounter between ATK and Kerala Blasters will be held at Kochi and Kolkata will host the grand finale of the tournament for the first time. The opening match will be played in Kochi on November 17.

Vijayan posted a picture along with Sachin on his Facebook page just after the meet. Both of them met each other last year too.

For the first time 10 teams will feature in ISL season 4. The new entrants in the cash rich league are Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC. This would be the first time in four seasons that the league will be played for four long months. 95 matches will be played in this year’s league.

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