Basketball and India

FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers: Amjyot Singh and multiple NBA Academy India alum part of India's 12-man roster for Window 3

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):

Player Height/Position
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
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*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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