India and Pakistan have been placed in Group A alongside Nepal and Kuwait following the draw for the 2023 SAFF Championship held in New Delhi on Wednesday. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Bengaluru from June 21 to July 4.
Pakistan is returning to the competition after missing the 2021 edition due to a FIFA suspension that was lifted last year.
Group B consists of Lebanon, Maldives, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. The reigning champions and hosts, India, secured their eighth title in 2021 by defeating Nepal in the final. Kuwait and Lebanon, though not South Asian nations, have been invited as guest teams to intensify the competition.
Sri Lanka is ineligible to participate due to its FIFA suspension, while Afghanistan withdrew from SAFF and joined the Central Asian Football Federation.
SAFF Championship 2023 Draw
Group A – India, Kuwait, Nepal, and Pakistan
Group B – Lebanon, Maldives, Bhutan, and Bangladesh