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Adil Nabi in action for the West Brom youth teamReuters

West Brom striker Adil Nabi, who has joined Indian Super League team Delhi Dynamos on loan this summer, believes that the ISL can "elevate higher" in four-five years and reach the levels of Major League Soccer (MLS).

The 21-year-old forward, who scored a brace against the Arsenal youth team for the Baggies' youth side, also mentions that going to play in India will do wonders for his career ahead.

"Going away from home makes you much more mature, makes you more of a man. And of course, the Indian Super League is growing," Nabi, whose family roots are in Pakistan, said in an interview to BBC.

"It's only been a year [of the Indian Super League]. Last season was the first one. They've got 60,000 seater stadiums in India. Of course cricket is the main sport there, but football is growing. It took the MLS four-five years to grow, and if the ISL can bring players like Alessandro Del Piero in the first season, I think they can only elevate higher," he added.

The 21-year-old forward also stated that he wants to be a champion for the cause of motivating Asian lads to take up the game of football. He is one of the only seven players with an Asian background in the present English league system - top four divisions.

"Hopefully in the next few years I can help and other players can lend their support as well. Young people can do a lot of community work in schools to promote the grassroots.

"If I can go to play in the Indian Super League, hopefully I can bring a lot of young people from Asian backgrounds to play in the major leagues," Nabi said.

He also feels that the lack of role models has not helped the Asians to take the game of football in the past. "With the national teams playing cricket at such a grand scale, there hasn't been much interest in the game of football. But hopefully I can change that and show mothers and fathers that your son can play football, and it's a brilliant thing to do."

Meanwhile, West Brom head coach Tony Pulis heaped praises on the youngster on his loan move. "I'm a big supporter of a young man stepping out of his comfort zone and experiencing another part of the world," Pulis told the Premier League side's official site.

"I think he [Nabi] will come out of it a better, more mature person and as a result a better footballer."

Delhi Dynamos manager Roberto Carlos also said that Adil Nabi will play a big role in the side's campaign in the ISL this year.

"Adil is an exciting prospect with very good technique, vision and finishing. I am sure he will contribute immensely to Delhi Dynamos and I am looking forward to seeing him in training! Bem-Vindo Adil," the Brazil legend said in a statement.

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