FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2021 will start on September 27, and India are placed in a tough group alongside Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. Forward Shireen Limaye will lead the inexperienced team, in what will serve as the qualification tournament for the 2022 World Cup in Australia.
Team India will face an uphill task when they are up against the best in the world in the upcoming FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2021 in Amman, Jordan. The Indian team, under the guidance of coach Zoran Visic has fielded a relatively inexperienced squad with Sruthi Arvind, S Pushpa, PU Navaneetha and Stephy Nixon, and skipper Shireen Limaye, as the ones to have played substantial matches for the team before.
In the 2019 edition, which was held in India, the team failed to win even a single match and finished eight. Courtesy of this result, India were relegated to Division 'B'. Currently, they are world no.70, and will be up against Japan (rank 8), South Korea (rank 19) and New Zealand (rank 36).
The tournament will start on September 27, while the final will take place on October 3, according to a report in Olympics.com.
This championship will also serve as the qualification tournament for 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup to be held in Australia. Only top four teams will make it to the World Cup though.
Indian squad: Shireen Limaye (captain), Madhu Kumari, Sruthi Arvind, S. Pushpa, P.U. Navaneetha, S. Sathiya, M. Nishanthi, Vaishnavi Yadav, Sreekala Rani, Anumaria, Stephy Nixon, S.M. Sahana
Head coach: Zoran Visic
Coaches: Srinivas Murthy and M. Meenalatha
Physiotherapist: Ahana Puranik