Earlier this week, the Basketball Federation of India released the 12-man roster that will represent India in Window 3 of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers
The roster includes a small group of players on the roster who have had a recent association with the NBA. Amjyot Singh Gill, who played in the NBA G League as recently as March of 2019, is one of them while the couple of others are former NBA Academy India graduates - Amaan Sandhu and Prashant Singh Rawat.
Both Sandhu and Rawat were part of the NBA Academy India's first class of 21 student-athletes when it opened in May of 2017.
Who is on India's roster for Window 3 of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers?
Here's a look at the complete 12-man roster including the team's captain - Vishesh Bhirguvanshi (as per multiple reports):
|Jagdeep Singh||6'6"/ Forward|
|Aravind Annadurai||6'8"/ Power Forward|
|Vishesh Bhirguvanshi (C)||6'4"/ Guard|
|Amjyot Singh Gill||6'8"/ Forward|
|Muin Bek Hafeez||6'2"/ Point Guard|
|Prashant Singh Rawat||6'8"/Power Forward|
|Amaan Sandhu||6'11"/ Center|
|Joginder Singh||5'9"/ Point Guard|
|Rajeev Kumar||6'3"/Shooting Guard|
|Vivek Vinubhai Goti||6'11"/ Center|
|Sahaij Pratap Singh Sekhon||6'4"/ Point Guard|
*Height and position as per FIBA.
What is India's schedule for Window 3 of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers?
Having lost three of their previous four Group D fixtures, India's chances of qualifying for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup are slim but not gone.
|Opponent||Date, Day||Timings (IST)|
|Iraq||Saturday, Feb. 20||6:30 pm IST|
|Lebanon||Monday, Feb. 22||7:30 pm IST|
The Indian team has to win one of their two games to finish third in Group D, which would qualify the team for a tournament later this year. That tournament, which includes the six third-placed nations, will then only allow four to qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021.
With Lebanon undefeated in the group so far, the Iraq fixture becomes a must-win game for India.
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