FIBA Asia '11 South Asia Qualifier [Jul 13-15 India]
Pakistan entering a NT for the first time in years ..
ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBBF) has selected 20 players for camp training to appear in the qualifying round of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship for Middle East Zone.
The qualifying round of the 26th FIBA championship will be staged in New Delhi from July 13 to 15. The camp trainees along with five reserves were selected on the basis of their performances in the recently-concluded 50th Men's National Basketball Championship in the federal capital. The Pakistan Basketball Federation has confirmed the national team's participation and the camps will start as soon as the Indian govt gives clearance to team's visit, said PBBF Secretary Col (Retd) Naseem Butt.
He further said that PBBF is also planning to hold other international tours and we are in close contact with other federations to finalise international tours soon, he said.
Imran Bashir, Associate Secretary of both PBBF and Islamabad Basketball Association, was named coach while Safdar Hussain will be his deputy.
The selected players are: Ahmed Jan, Prem Shahzad, Tanvir Alvi, Asfandyar, M Akhtar, Yawar Khan, Shahbaz, Haris Kamal, Aamir Rashid, Muzammil Mehmood, M Shan, Aashir Gill, M Naveed, Altaf Habib, Waqas Ahmad, Dilawar Khan, Ali, Mohsin, Khalid and Anwer Khan. Reserves are: Awal Khan, Ahsan, Zahid, M Zohair and Elijah.
Did Pakistan withdraw already or are they in the Central Asia Qualifier with the "Stans"?
Mid Asia qualifying just a reality check
2011-07-05 10:42 PM
KATHMANDU: Nepali team looks just a step away from making it to the 26th FIBA Asia Championships to be held in Wuhan, China later this year but the qualification process in itself is a mere reality check for them.
Nepal take on Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India in the Middle Asia sub zone qualifying tournament slated for July 13-15 in New Delhi. The Nepali hoopsters can fancy their chances if they beat favourites India but their sole objective is to overcome the Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi challenge in the four-team qualifier.
Only the winner will earn a ticket to the September 15-25 meet but coach Dinesh Nakarmi realistically defined the scenario. “There is no doubt that we cannot match the standard of India. They are better in every aspects — be it in physique or technique. The tournament could merely serve our players as an international exposure,” said the coach.
Nepal had defeated Bangladesh during the league match of the 11th SA Games before losing against the same side in a bronze medal tie in the January 29 to February 9 regional meet, while a win against Sri Lankans is possible despite a loss in their only meeting against the island nation in 2002 Asian qualifying event.
“We will be there (New Delhi) subdue the Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan challenge but the presence of India will always give us a reality check,” Nakarmi added. National team skipper Bipendra Maharjan said: “For a nation like us, getting an international exposure is in a big acheivement. We can go there and find out where we stand,” said Bipendra, who will be guiding Nepal for the sixth time in international tournament.
Bipendra however was optimistic of giving the best against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “We have comparatively a better team than that of the 11th SA Games. We have four new faces and a squad which has improved in physical, tactical and technical aspects,” added the skipper.
The 12-member national team has new faces in Sujan Pun, Sanjay Byanjankar, Rajeev Joshi and Paresh Shrestha replacing Amir Ghale, Bijay Khatri, Karma Gurung and Manoj Sherchan. Bijay and Karma have pulled out due to personal reasons, while Amir Ghale is abroad and Manoj Sherchan recovering from an ankle injury.
The other members in the team include Sanjay Byanjankar, Vinod Shrestha, Rabindra Man Maharjan, Vinod Maharjan, Sadish Pradhan, Yukta Ram Bhakta Mathema and Vikram Joshi. Sadish, Vinod Maharjan and Vikram Joshi are currently playing Dhaka’s First Division League from Gregarious Club and will join the team from July 7.
Coach Nakarmi said he will miss the services especially from Manoj. “It is sad that we have to lose such an influential player like Manoj but we have to do without him.” Bipendra added: “He is the future of the game and missing him in a tournament like this will always hurt us.”
The coach, however, was excited to bring Paresh in the squad who has a haul of experiences in the domestic tournaments and after a long wait broke into the final 12. “Paresh is a role player and he can play his part on a given day. An experienced campaigner like him is always a great asset for the team,” added the coach.
Looks like Pakistan pulled out, reasons unknown. India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Nepal will compete in New Delhi, July 13-15. Should be a cakewalk for India. Weakest zone qualifier in Asia.
possibility they were denied permission by the govt of the host nation ....