Iran Basketball at Full Strength for Asian Qualifiers
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran national basketball team will be at the full strange at the Asian Qualifiers later this month, FIBA reported.
All the players who saw action for Team Melli at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 have returned to the national pool for the Asian Qualifiers, led by Mohammad Jamshidi and Hamed Haddadi, who were both chosen to be among the All-Star Team in Beirut.
Iran has a good mix of youth and veterans on this roster. Team Melli has nine players who are 23 years or younger, including rising stars Behnam Yakhchali, Sajjad Masjayekhi and Vahid Dalirzahan.
Seasoned international campaigners like Rouzbeh Arghavan, Oshin Sahakian and Arsalan Kazemi are also among the players in the pool, and they are sure to use their experience in tempering the talents of their younger teammates.
Haddadi, Kazemi, Jamshidi and Yakhchali are projected to be this squad's leaders, especially since they were among the team's most productive players at the Asia Cup. Not surprisingly, Iran is going to be heavy favorite in every match it enters this month, and it’s expected to go 2-0.
Iran is in Group D with Iraq, Kazakhstan and Qatar. It will play Iraq on 24 November at the Prince Hamza Arena before hosting Qatar at the Azadi Gym on 27 November.