New Delhi: Major names from Indian squad including skipper Sunil Chhetri, Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and defended Sandesh Jhingan set to miss Asian Games after their respective ISL Clubs refuse to release them for the tournament in Hangzhou.
🚨 | BIG BREAKING 💥 : AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey has decided to convince the organisers of the ISL, FSDL to defer the start of league by at least 10 days to allow players to participate in Asian Games. [via TOI] #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/jdmrDdNyqE
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The tournament is set to start from 21st September, and some younger faces from U-23 are likely to replace many big names in the Indian squad , as per discussed by AIFF Committee, since the ISL Clubs are unwilling to release their respective players for the national duties. Since the Asian Games fall outside FIFA’s international match window, players are obliged to play for their ISL clubs.
India would likely to Pitch a junior U23 teams as a result of this, due to club obligations of the senior players.