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( 03 Nov 2017)
Tendulkar invites Kerala CM for ISL opening match

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and invited him for the opening match of the Indian Super League season, which will kickstart at Kochi on November 17, reported PTI.

Sachin, accompanied by his wife, Anjali, Blasters CEO Varun Tripuraneni, Director N Prasad, met Vijayan at his office at the secretariat here.

Kerala Blasters, co-owned by Tendulkar, among others, will meet Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) in the inaugural match at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Kochi.

"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 got 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 some day. These players are their role models, he said and sought the support of everyone for the team.

A government press release said Sachin had also requested the chief minister to provide the services of the Special Battalion for Kochi matches as part of enhancing security during the matches.

The seats in the stadium have been decreased due to security concerns.

The release said Vijayan assured that he would consider the matter.

The chief minister also requested Tendulkar to talk to the Greater Cochin Development authority, which manages the stadium.