FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers: Determined India hope to stay alive - watch live

The Indian basketball team will face Iraq and Lebanon in crucial FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifier matches at the Khalifa Sports City in Manama. Watch live.

By Naveen Peter ·

The last time the Indian basketball team was in Bahrain, it suffered two heavy defeats that saw its chances of making the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup diminish.

The Indian hoopsters will be back in action this weekend in the final window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers with matches against heavyweights Lebanon and Iraq at the Khalifa Sports City in Manama, Bahrain.  

The Indian basketball team is placed in Group D alongside Bahrain, Lebanon and Iraq. Lebanon and Bahrain have already clinched the direct qualification slots for the main event in Jakarta later this year. 

The Indian cagers -- ranked third in the group with a win --  are in with a chance of making it to the ‘Final Qualifying Tournament’ that will see the six third-placed teams from the qualification rounds battling it out for the remaining four spots in the 16-team FIBA Asia Cup.

Joginder Singh, Aravind Annadurai return to Indian team

Indian basketball team coach Veselin Matic has received a timely boost with the return of senior players Joginder Singh and Aravind Annadurai, who missed out on the previous matches due to COVID-19 and injury, respectively.

While captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Amjyot Singh Gill are expected to continue their fine form that helped India challenge their superior opponents in the previous ties, the return of Sharma and Annadurai could prove to be crucial on changeovers, a phase where India was punished in their previous outing.

Meanwhile, the new faces in the team include Amaan Sandhu -- an NBA Academy player who replaces Princepal Singh -- Indian Navy’s centre Vivek Goti, BM Manoj and shooting guard Rajeev Kumar.

Indian basketball squad for FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (captain), Muin Bek Hafeez, Aravind Annadurai, Jagdeep Singh, Amjyot Singh Gill, Amaan Sandhu, Prashant Singh Rawat, Joginder Singh, Rajeev Kumar, Vivek Goti, Sahaij Pratap Singh Sekhon, BM Manoj

FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers schedule, fixtures and live India match times

All timings are Indian Standard Time (IST)

Thursday, February 18

Sri Lanka vs Kazakhstan - 4:30 PM IST

Friday, February 19

Palestine vs Kazakhstan - 4:30 PM IST

Saturday, February 20

New Zealand vs Australia - 4:00 PM IST

India vs Iraq - 6:30 PM IST

Bahrain vs Lebanon - 9:30 PM IST

Sunday, February 21

Sri Lanka vs Palestine - 4:30 PM IST

Monday, February 22

Kazakhstan vs Sri Lanka - 1:30 PM IST

Lebanon vs India - 7:30 PM IST

Bahrain vs Iraq - 10:30 PM IST

Where to watch FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers live in India?

Basketball fans in India can watch the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers on live streaming in India on FIBA’s official YouTube channel.

There is no telecast of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers on any TV channel in India.

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