The Indian men’s basketball team will host Jordan and Saudi Arabia in the final window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers in Bengaluru.
India, 83rd in the latest FIBA basketball rankings, will play Jordan, world No. 34, at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium on Friday. India will be up against world No. 71 Saudi Arabia at the same venue three days later. India’s matches can be watched on live streaming.
India lost 80-64 to Jordan in August and then went down 85-54 to Saudi Arabia in November during the last qualifying window.
India, with eight points from eight matches, are at the bottom of six-team Group E and out of the race to qualify for the basketball World Cup 2023. Both Jordan and Saudi Arabia are still in contention to clinch the final FIBA World Cup berth from the group.
Jordan (12 points) are fourth in Group E while Saudi Arabia (10 points) are fifth. The top four teams from the group will qualify for the 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to be co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia from August 25 to September 10.
India have never qualified for the main draw of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in the 18 editions held so far.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers: India’s schedule and live match start times
All times in Indian Standard Time (IST)
February 24, Friday: India vs Jordan – 6:00 PM IST
February 27, Monday: India vs Saudi Arabia – 3:30 PM IST
Where to watch FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers live in India
Live streaming of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers will be on the official FIBA YouTube channel and the courtside1891.basketball website. There will be no live telecast of the matches on any TV channel in India.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers: India squad
Head coach: Veselin Matic
Players: Muin Bek Hafeez, Arvind Kumar, Harsh Dagar, Sejin Mathew, Pratyanshu Tomar, Prashant Singh Rawat, Amarendra Nayak, Piyush Meena, Lokendra Singh, Aryan, K.S. Ulhas, Gurbaz Sandhu.