Just six months after a home-grown professional football league propelled Mizoram to the Santosh Trophy title, a similar platform is being used to try and popularise basketball.
The Mizoram Basketball Association (MBBA) signed an agreement on Tuesday with Zonet Cable TV Pvt Ltd to put in place a professionally-managed league that will start by mid-February, with club and player registrations to be completed within this year.
Under the agreement signed by MBBA president Chalrosanga and Zonet Director Vanneihtluanga, Zonet will invest Rs 20 lakh for the first five years to organize the Mizoram Super League, while the MBBA will handle technical aspects and foot any extra financial undertakings.
Lalnunpuia spearheaded the hugely popular Mizoram Premier League – the two-year old football league organized in association with the Mizoram Football Association. He is also one of the brains behind the MSL. He said that the first season will open in mid-February and take place over 10 weeks. Like the MPL, the MSL will follow strict criteria for competing clubs, including financial contracts with all players and allowing clubs to recruit foreign players as well as players from other Indian states.