Geethu Anna Rahul: "I want to be a role model for other youngsters."
John Wooden: “It isn't what you do, but how you do it.”
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi: “I never imagined I’ll be leading the national team.”
Pratham Singh: “My teammates are like my family.”

Victory in these championships are crucial as the winners of the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship will qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup taking place in Lebanon in August this year.

·         The winners of the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship will qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup taking place in Lebanon in August this year.

·         The winner also ensures qualification for its country’s top club team in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup – a tournament where the premier club teams of Asian countries go head to head.

·         India are defending champions and favourites looking to complete a five-peat. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the biggest threats to India’s five-peat.

·         The tournament will be played in a round robin league format.

·         The Indian squad includes 3 debutants under the age of 22 along with savvy veterans.

·         India’s first match will be against host Maldives on May 19th.

·         The training camp for the selection of the team was held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi from 1-17 May.

Team India pose for a picture after reaching Male, Maldives

Bengaluru, 18th May 2017: The 5th South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship 2017 will be held from 19th to 23rd May, 2017 in Male, Maldives. The five-day competition is being played in a round robin league format. Defending champions India will look to complete a five-peat but need be wary of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who pose the biggest threat to India’s attempt of accomplishing a rare sporting milestone.

India’s training camp for the tournament was held from 1st-17th May, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi with 33 players, and the final selections were made on 7th May. A conscious effort was made by the selectors and Head Coach Baskar Sappaniambalam to ensure that the right blend of youth and experience was picked for their campaign in Maldives. “India has had a solid record at the SABA Championship and we aim to continue that trend. It is the only tournament where we can provide an opportunity to our younger players and hence we have selected 3 players under the age of 22. Our main aim is to win and qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup taking place in Lebanon in August,” said Sappaniambalam.

India’s attempt at a five-peat of the tournament will be led by experienced point guard Akilan Pari. “Our motto as a team is to win big and make sure that the juniors of our team get playing time. This championship is important for them to get good exposure and will be crucial in their development as players,” says Pari, who made his debut for India in this very tournament four years ago. Also featuring in the squad are centre Amritpal Singh, guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and veteran forward Yadwinder Singh. The same trio recently attended the NBL Draft Combine in Melbourne, Australia. Other familiar faces are centre Rikin Pethani, forward Prasanna Venkatesh, shooting guard Arjun Singh, centre Ravi Bhardwaj and forward Anil Kumar BK.

Among senior team debutants are promising guard, Vishal Kumar Gupta (Delhi), the talented forward Muin Bek (Tamil Nadu) and centre Jeevanatham Pandi (Tamil Nadu). The trio will be hoping for valuable minutes.

As can be gleaned from past SABA editions (see below), the Indian men’s team, with a blend of youth and experience, will start off yet again as strong favourites. The key to its showing will continue to be its superior size advantage when compared to its traditionally smaller South Asian opponent teams.

INDIAN SQUAD FOR THE 5thSABA CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

Jersey
Number

Family Name/
Last Name

Given Name/
First Name

Place of Birth

Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy)

Height

Position

5

Pari

Akilan (c)

Chennai

Tamil Nadu

20/07/1989

180 (5’10.8”)

PG

4

Hafeez

Muin Bek

Dharmapuri

Tamil Nadu

16/03/1996

190
(6’2”)

F

6

Sivakumar

Prasanna Venkatesh

Gobichettipalayam

Tamil Nadu

25/09/1992

186
(6’1”)

F

7

Bukankere Krishne Gowda

Anil Kumar

Mandya

Karnataka

31/07/1989

185
(6’)

F

8

Singh

Arjun

Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh

8/6/1992

189
(6’2”)

SG

9

Bhriguvanshi

Vishesh

Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh

13/09/1991

195
(6’4.5”)

SG

10

 

Amritpal Singh

Ganna Pind

Punjab

05/01/1991

207
(6’9.5”)

C

11

Gupta

Vishal Kumar

Chapar Village

Delhi

07/12/1999

198
(6’5”)

C

12

Bhardwaj

Ravi

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

 

31/10/1992

207
(6’9.5”)

C

13

Pandi

Jeevanatham

Virudhunagar

Tamil Nadu

13/10/1994

204
(6’7”)

C

14

 

Yadwinder Singh

Rasulpur Khurd

Punjab

30/12/1986

198
(6’6”)

PF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*PG - Point Guard / Feeder, G - Guard, F - Forward, G/F - Wing, PF - Power Forward, C - Centre, PF/C - Post

Coaches: Sappaniambalam Baskar (Head Coach) and Sebastian Padipurakkal Joseph (Assistant Coach)

Manager: Sushil Kumar

Physiotherapist: Raj Kumar Dubey

FIBA Referee: Ceciline Michael Vino Vincent Francis Victor 

 

About the SABA Championship 2017

Tournament Fixtures

May 19

·         Bangladesh vs Nepal                            05:30 PM 

·         India vs Maldives                                 09:30 PM

May 20

·         Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka                       05:30 PM 

·         Nepal vs Maldives                                09:30 PM

May 21

·         Sri Lanka vs India                               05:30 PM 

·         Maldives vs Bangladesh                        09:30 PM

May 22

·         India vs Bangladesh                            05:30 PM 

·         Sri Lanka vs Nepal                               09:30 PM

May 23

·         Nepal vs India                                    05:30 PM 

·         Maldives vs Sri Lanka                           09:30 PM

 

Championship Format

The Championship is played in a round robin format and the team with the best record at the end of this championship will progress from the South Asian region to the FIBA Asia Cup scheduled for 17th to 27th August in Beirut, Lebanon. A round robin format is when each team will face every other team in the tournament once, and the final standings will be based on win/loss statistics.

 

Previous Editions / Winners:

2016:  Bengaluru — 1st India, 2nd Bangladesh

2015:  Bengaluru — 1st India, 2nd Sri Lanka

2014:  Kathmandu — 1st India 2nd Bangladesh

2013 (June): Delhi — 1st India, 2nd Afghanistan. (From this edition onwards, the tournament changed from a standalone event to a qualifying Championship to the Asian level)

2013(Jan):  Dhaka — 1st Bangladesh, 2nd Pakistan (India, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka did not participate)

2012:  Assam — 1st India, 2nd Bangladesh

 

Qualification for 2017 FIBA Asia Cup and FIBA Asia Champions Cup

The country that wins the SABA Championship 2017 ensures its qualification for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 and earns a qualification for its top club team to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup – a tournament where the top club teams of FIBA Asia go head to head (previously known as known as the Asian Basketball Confederation Champions Cup).

The FIBA Asia Cup 2017, FIBA Asia’s flagship event, will be played from August 17-27 in Beirut, Lebanon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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