Hamed Haddadi ready to play for Iran at FIBA World Cup qualifiers

November 15, 2017 - 17:20

Iran national basketball team captain Hamed Haddadi has announced his readiness to participate in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification.

Haddadi, who currently plays for Sichuan Jinqiang Blue Whales, has called Iran basketball coach Mehran Hatami and said he will join the training camp on Friday.

Iran are in Group D with Iraq, Kazakhstan and Qatar. They play Iraq on Nov. 24 at the Prince Hamza Arena before hosting Qatar at the Azadi Gym on 27 November.

Team Melli have a good mix of youth and veterans on this roster. They have 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.

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification (Asia) process will determine the six teams from FIBA Asia and/or FIBA Oceania that will participate at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

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