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Commonwealth Games 2018: Basketball Federation announces Indian Women's squad

Commonwealth Games 2018: Basketball Federation announces Indian Womens squad

Sounak Mullick

Published: 11 March 2018 4:22 PM GMT
With less than a month left for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to start, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has finally announced its squad for the mega event. The Basketball competition will be an 8-nation affair which will begin on April 5 and conclude on 15th of the same. India is scheduled to play Jamaica on 5th April which will be followed by the tie against Malaysia two days on the 9th. The Asian outfit will play their last group stage match against New Zealand on 8th April. If India manages to get through to the knockout stages by finishing in the top two out of four, they will straight away play in the quarterfinals and will play the bottom-placed teams of Pool 'A'. Then, a win will ensure them a ticket to the semi-final and a possible medal hope.
Source: FIBA Surpassing the round robin stage won't be a tough ask for the Indian cagers but playing against one of the two teams from Pool 'A' will be the biggest challenge. The top two placed teams will get a direct qualification to the semi-finals. Also read: Coach Zoran Visic Sees High Hopes for the Indian Women's Basketball Team Pool 'A' comprises of Mozambique, Malaysia and England which are the three top three FIBA ranked teams playing at the Commonwealth Games. Apart from all these nations, Australia will also play in the Basketball competition being the hosts. Here's the list of players selected for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games along with their positions: #8 Barkha Sonkar ' Point Guard #6 Raspreet Sindhu ' Shooting Guard #8 Grima Merlin ' Shooting Guard #9 Anmolpreet Kaur ' Center #10 Navaneetha P.U ' Power Forward #12 Raja Priyadarshini ' Center #13 Jeena Scaria ' Power Forward #14 Shireen Limaye ' Small Forward #15 Shruti Menon ' Guard Forward #18 Bhandavya H.M ' Shooting Guard #19 Madhu Kumari ' Point Guard Anjana P.G - Small Forward Team Coach: Zoran Visic (Serbia) The Indian National Women's Basketball is currently ranked 40 as per the ratings of FIBA (International Basketball Federation).
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