Four Punjab players in Indian basketball team for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

BALBIR SINGH | February 18, 2020 09:52 PM

CHANDIGARH: Four Punjab players -- Jagdeep Singh, Princepal Singh, Amritpal Singh and Amaan Sandhu -- have been included in the senior Indian men's squad that will suit up for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. This was announced by Basketball Federation of India.

The team will play their first of two games in Window 1 of the qualifiers on Feburary 21 against Bahrain at the Manama, Khalifa Sport City. A couple of days after that, the team travels to Baghdad to face-off against Iraq at the Al Shaeb Hall.

India are placed in group D alongside Iraq, Bahrain, and Lebanon. As per the latest FIBA men's rankings, India (74) is the second-best team in the group while Lebanon, Iraq, and Bahrain are ranked 55th, 79th, and 113th respectively.

Amaan Sandhu
Indian squad: Muin Bek Hafeez (Tamil Nadu), Joginder Singh (Services), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Captain- ONGC), Prasanna Venkatesh Sivakumar (Tamil Nadu), Sahi (Indian Railways), Jagdeep Singh (Punjab), Prashant Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand), Aravind Annadurai (Tamil Nadu), Princepal Singh (Punjab), Amritpal Singh (Punjab), Amaan Sandhu (Punjab) and Arvind Arumugam (Karnataka).

While key veteran players like Satnam Singh and Amjyot Singh ( reportedly banned for 3 years ) are missing, 19-year-old NBA Global Academy student-athlete Princepal Singh is part of this roster.

Singh, who recently led Punjab to gold in the U-21 category in the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games, has been at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia for over a year.

Also part of the squad is 17-year-old Amaan Sandhu.

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