January 6, 2012
Roster annouced for Formula 23 Basketball Club India
Providing an opportunity to Indian-origin basketball players from other countries as well as Indian players who never qualified for club/state teams at home, Indian-American basketball trainer Shahid Bhat has created a new semi-professional basketball team Formula 12 Basketball Club India, or F23BCI, who will be taking part in basketball tournaments in India starting from later this year.
After tryouts at the Hansraj College in New Delhi, Bhat announced the roster of players for his team on F23BCI's Facebook Page. Once a schedule for games and practice has been finalised, this team will convene together to go through a vigorous training camp before heading out to compete against other teams in India. The roster features former CCAA player of the year Inderbir Gill and basketball analytics entrepreneur Vasu Kulkarni, amongst other players from around India or of Indian-origin.
On Friday, January 6th, team owner Shahid Bhat announced that India's star point guard Talwinderjit Singh 'TJ' Sahi was also added to the roster of the team.
Inderbir Singh Gill
Syed Shamsul Arfeen
OWNER/Head Coach/GM: Shahid Bhat
Watch this space: Bhat has been involved with promoting basketball in Kashmir for the last few years. I will be posting a detailed interview and story on the new club in a few days.