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India announces final squad for upcoming FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers

Published at :February 19, 2024 at 8:13 PM
Modified at :February 23, 2024 at 6:55 PM
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The Indian basketball team will face Kazakhstan and Iran in Window 1 of the tournament.

India have named a 12-member final squad for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers later this month. The final roster picked after trimming down the preliminary squad that was announced earlier. India will face Kazakhstan and Iran in the first window of FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers. The Indian basketball team will first travel to the Republican Velodrome Saryarka in Astana where they will face the 11th ranked Kazakhstan on February 23. They will then host Iran, ranked 27th, three days later at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

The final India squad for the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers is as followed:

Amritpal Singh208 cms / 6’10’’Age 33Punjab Police
Princepal Singh208 cms / 6’10’Age 24Indian Railways
Palpreet Singh Brar210 cms / 6’11’’Age 30Indian Railways
Amarendra Nayak203 cms / 6’8’’Age 20Chandigarh
Pranav Prince200 cms / 6’7’’Age 20Kerala/Tamil Nadu
Sahaij Pratap Singh Sekhon194 cms / 6’4’’Age 22Chandigarh / Indian Railways
Vishes Bhriguvanshi192 cms / 6’4’’Age 32ONGC
Muin Bek Hafeez189 cms / 6’2’’Age 27Indian Bank
P Baladhaneshwar180 cms / 5’11’’Age 24Tamil Nadu
Arvind Kumar Muthu Krishnan187 cms / 6’2’’Age 23Tamil Nadu
Kanwar Gurbaz Singh Sandhu185 cms / 6’1’’Age 24Punjab
Vaisakh K M190 cms / 6’3’’Age 21Kerala

While the preliminary roster featured a very youthful squad, Coach Veselin Matic and the selection committee have put their bets on players who have played for India before.

As mentioned earlier, the key missing piece of the team has been the former G-League player Amjyot Singh. However, the team still has veteran captain Amritpal Singh, former captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, and NBA Summer League winner Princepal Singh.

At a glance, it seems Toza Matic will have a guard-heavy rotation, as he has several options on the position. Overall, the squad seems to have a good mix of perimeter defense, outside shooting and playmaking.

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