Geethu Anna Rahul: "I want to be a role model for other youngsters."
John Wooden: “It isn't what you do, but how you do it.”
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi: “I never imagined I’ll be leading the national team.”
Pratham Singh: “My teammates are like my family.”

(L to R: Top Row: Jagdeep Singh Bains, Gurvinder Singh Gill, Arvind Arumugam, Satnam Singh, Palpreet Singh Brar, Rikin Pethani, Arvind Annadurai; Middle Row: Soham Deb, Paramdeep Singh, V. Raghothoman, Zoran Visic, Sambhaji Kadam, Mapuia Hangsing; Last Row: Ambathi Prudhvi Reddy, Akilan Pari, Arshpreet Singh Bhullar, Prasanna Venkatesh)

 

Bengaluru, 20th November 2017:  Today is a memorable day in the history of Indian basketball as we are all set to start our journey to play in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, this is a huge step forward for Indian Basketball as this is the first time India is participating in a World Cup Qualifier and will have a chance to compete against the best in the world. 

 

 

The team had a one-month long coaching camp held at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, under the supervision of head coach Zoran Visic along with three assistant coaches. Today, the selection committee has finalised the list of 12 players which will represent India at the World Cup qualifiers out of a pool of 33 of the best players from all over the country that participated in this camp. Veteran Point Guard Akilan Pari will captain the Indian Team.

 

 

India will play its first game of the first window against Lebanon in Beirut on 23rd November and they will be back home to take on Syria on 26th November at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru.

 

 

There are 16 teams participating in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, these are the same teams that competed in the FIBA Asia Cup 2017. Each team will face all the other three teams in their group twice on a home and away basis. After the end of the first round, the top 3 teams from each group will advance to the second round, after which 7 teams will qualify for the FIBA World Cup. India is in Group C alongside Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. 

 

 

India Team Final Roster :

 

 

Sr.No.

NAMES

STATE

Position

    1 .

Amritpal Singh

Punjab/ Australia

C

    2.

Aravind Annadurai

Tamil Nadu

F/C

    3.

Satnam Singh Bhamara

Punjab

C

    4.

Arshpreet Singh Bhullar

Punjab

F

    5.

Akilan Pari

Tamil Nadu

PG

    6.

Prasanna Venkatesh S

Tamil Nadu

G/F

    7.

Rikin Pethani

Tamil Nadu

C

    8.

Ambathi P Reddy

Telangana

PG

    9.

Palpreet Singh Brar

Railways

F/C

   10.

Jagdeep Singh Bains

Punjab

F

   11.

Arvind Arumugam

Karnataka

F

   12.

Gurvinder Singh Gill

Punjab

F

 

Team Officials:

 

 

Sr. No.

Name

Designation

1

Zoran Visic

Head Coach

2

Sambhaji Kadam

Asst. Coach

3

Soham Deb

Physiotherapist

4

V Ragothaman

Manager

 

 

 

FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Schedule for India:

 

Round1 Window1: India vs Lebanon, 23rd November 2017 in Lebanon

Round1 Window1: India vs Syria, 26th November 2017 in India

Round1 Window2: India vs Jordan,  23rd February 2018 in India

Round1 Window2: India vs Lebanon, 26th February 2018 in India

Round1 Window3: India vs Syria,  28th June 2018 in Lebanon

Round1 Window3: India vs Jordan,  1st July 2018in Jordan

 

 
 
 
 
 

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