On Wednesday, July 24th, FIBA released the schedule for the Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers.
The qualifiers are split into three windows - February 2020, November 2020, and February 2021.
Here's a look at the complete qualifiers schedule:
India, in the draw for the qualifiers that took place in Bengaluru on June 8th, is placed in Group D alongside Bahrain, Lebanon and Iraq.
Thus, the Indian team will play against each of these countries twice, on a home-and-away basis.
As per the FIBA Rankings , India (67th) is the second-best nation in their group after Lebanon (53rd) while Iraq and Bahrain are placed 80th and 112nd respectively.
Here's a look at India's schedule in the three windows:
|Feb. 21, 2020||India @ Bahrain|
|Feb. 24, 2020||India @ Iraq|
|Nov. 26, 2020||Lebanon @ India|
|Nov. 29, 2020||Bahrain @ India|
|Feb. 19, 2021||Iraq @ India|
|Feb. 22, 2021||India @ Lebanon|
At the conclusion of these qualifiers, the top two teams from each group will directly qualify to the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 while the six third-place teams will compete for the remaining four spots in a qualifying tournament.