India will play their remaining three FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Qatar because the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) determined to host the matches in centralised venues owing to the coronavirus-related journey and quarantine restrictions.
As per the unique schedule, the Indian staff would have performed in opposition to Qatar at residence, Bangladesh away and Afghanistan at residence, however the international pandemic has compelled radical modifications within the fixtures.
“FIFA World Cup 2022 host Qatar, will welcome Group E opponents Oman, Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh with Japan set to supply the stage for the matches in Group F comprising Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia,” the AFC stated in a launch on Friday.
“Following a means of shut session with Asia’s Member Associations, the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) has at this time confirmed the centralised venues for the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 matches scheduled to happen from 31 Might to June 15, 2021.”
Qatar can also be internet hosting the FIFA World Cup subsequent yr.
India are presently fourth in Group E with three factors from 5 video games. Qatar high the desk with 13 factors whereas Oman are some extent behind them in second.
The second spherical of qualification matches haven’t been held since November 2019 because of the pandemic.
Final month, the AFC had stated that almost all of Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifying matches in March can be postponed to Might and June — with just a few exceptions that embrace Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Although out of rivalry for a World Cup berth, India are nonetheless in rivalry for a spot within the Asian Cup, to be held in China.
Eight group winners and 4 finest runners-up will progress to the continent’s 12-team last qualifying stage for the World Cup.
A 3rd-place end within the group will assist India get a direct berth within the third spherical of the qualifiers for the Asian Cup.
The Indian staff was to play in opposition to Qatar on October 8 in Bhubaneswar final yr however the match was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the AFC launch, China will host Group A which includes leaders Syria, Philippines, Maldives and Guam.
Kuwait has been confirmed because the host for Group B which incorporates Australia, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese language Taipei.
Bahrain will stage the matches in Group C which options table-toppers Iraq, Islamic Republic of Iran, Hong Kong and Cambodia, whereas Saudi Arabia have been chosen to carry the matches in Group D, which incorporates the likes of Uzbekistan, Singapore, Yemen and Palestine.
The United Arab Emirates have been picked because the host for Group G, which consists of ASEAN challengers Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia whereas South Korea will stage the Group H matches, that includes leaders Turkmenistan, Lebanon, North Korea and Sri Lanka.