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India's basketballers play for the future

13 Mar 06 19:55

India's Riyazuddin Quereshi heads down court during the game against New Zealand at Trust Stadium on March 11 in Auckland, New Zealand.  

India's Riyazuddin Quereshi, heads down-court during the game against New Zealand on March 11.

With an average age of 22, India's basketball team will be drawing on the exposure and experience in Melbourne, to help make the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi a success for their sport.

"We will get good experience against Australia and Nigeria – they are the best teams in our pool. We are hoping to win against Scotland though," said captain Trideep Rai.

The team, which has only two professional players in its ranks, has just finished a series in New Zealand.

"We had good exposure in New Zealand where we played against the New Zealand national team," commented Rai.

India failed to win any games in New Zealand, but came close in one match, with a narrow 10 point defeat.

The Indian women's team also warmed-up in New Zealand, losing their series 3-nil. They face the Australians, the Opals, on the opening night of the Basketball competition, 16 March.

The Commonwealth Games Basketball competition begins at the regional centres of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Traralgon, before concluding in classification matches and finals at the Multi Purpose Venue (Melbourne Park).

- Games News Service

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