The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday confirmed that the Blue Tigers upcoming friendlies against Blue Tigers’ friendlies against Belarus and Bahrain will not be telecasted in India owing to “lack of support” and “technical feasibility”.
The India national team are scheduled to face Bahrain and Belarus on March 23 and March 26 respectively in Bahrain, with the two friendlies a part of their preparation for the upcoming 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers to be held in June this year.
“Despite our best efforts in working with the Bahrain FA to live telecast and stream the International friendlies against Bahrain and Belarus, owing to lack of support and subsequent technical feasibility, it won’t be possible to telecast the matches in India,” AIFF said in a statement.
“The broadcast production of the two matches lie with the host Federation. The AIFF stays committed to provide necessary exposure for the National team as part of the preparation for the final round of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers,” the statement added.
The Blue Tigers who will be without inspirational skipper, Sunil Chhetri for the upcoming friendlies are placed along with Afghanistan, Cambodia and Hong Kong in Group D of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers – with all of their games set to be played at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.