ISL 2017: Robbie Keane plays hilarious prank on ATK teammate Carl Baker in preseason tour
With a bunch of fresh recruits guided by a new coach, two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK are on the verge of completing a three-week gruelling pre-season in Dubai. They are slated to return to Kolkata to acclimatise to the home conditions on November 4th. But before their return, star striker Robbie Keane played a hilarious prank on Carl Baker while the team was on a sightseeing tour. The prank was posted online by none other than Baker himself!
ATK had completed the signing of English attacking midfielder Carl Baker for the fourth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). After Keane, José Egas dos Santos Branco, Conor Thomas and Jussi Jääskeläinen, Baker became the fifth foreign signing at the club.
After joining ATK, Carl Baker said: "It feels great to sign for a champion side like ATK. I am eager to experience Indian football which is going through some exciting times with ISL gaining popularity. I have heard about the fans who are passionate about this beautiful game and hopefully I can give them enough reasons to rejoice by the end of the season."
It was a huge decision for the 34-year-old attacking midfielder who has negotiated himself out of his contract at Fratton Park where he was a year into a two-year deal, having helped Pompey secure the League Two title last season and promotion to League One. That decision was complicated by the fact that his wife Lynsey is expecting their third child at Christmas, and the whole idea of coming back to Coventry was to be closer to his young family.
Baker is enjoying and getting comfortable around the ATK teammates very quickly as it can be clearly seen in his tweets!
ATK and Baker will look to clinch a hat-trick of ISL titles this season and their first task is a tough fixture on opening day against Kerala Blasters.