Former Hyderabad FC coach Phil Brown believes the longer season will give young players a pathway to the national team. The experience will benefit their growth and development. Brown believes the Hero Indian Super League 2022/23 season will be a game-changer in Indian football. He believes the youth setup of a number of clubs will benefit which in turn will help recruitment for the national team.
“With the number of matches and the number of Indians in the squads going up, accounting for injury and rotation, every Indian player in the squad is going to be used. That in itself can only aid development,” Phil Brown said. “Some players who will not feature at the start of the season will get their chance in the middle and suddenly you get a run of 3-4 games. That exposure for players, for me, is moving Indian football in the right direction where it should be going.”
“The first XI of the national team takes care of itself but the next XI or the one after that, you are talking about U23, U21 players in the national team. Through this calendar, these younger players now have a pathway to the national team,” he added. “Ishan Pandita scored for the national team. In his first season at FC Goa, he was only used as a substitute, second season (with Jamshedpur FC), he came in and got a few games and goals, and look now, he is pushing his case for a spot in the India first XI. The results are there in front of you. Another example is Suresh (Singh Wangjam). Two years ago, he was blossoming as another talent in ISL, now he started these games for India. These are the pathways that younger players can now look up to.”