BA and NBL clubs have worked closely together during the two-year qualifying campaign as NBL-based players have filled most playing positions because NBA players are exempt from selection during the US season.
No senior players from finals teams were selected for this window of games although Sydney reserve guard Tom Wilson was handed his debut and played well against Kazakhstan.
BA high performance general manager Jan Stirling said this game allowed for Caporn and assistant coach Luc Longley to test themselves.
«Basketball Australia agrees that it is appropriate for Andrej to return to Australia in time for game one of the NBL semi-final series,» Stirling said.
«We are very appreciative towards the NBL who have been extremely co-operative throughout the qualifying process.
«This situation now provides the team an opportunity to manage the ‘what if’ theory of a head coach getting sick or being unable to coach during a major tournament so it will provide great preparation for all involved.»
Longley described Caporn as the best person to lead the team and Caporn said he looked forward to game time.
«The opportunity to contribute to the Boomers’ program as head coach is a great privilege and I’m looking forward to completing our World Cup qualification process with this terrific group of athletes and staff,» Caporn said.
BA has also released impressive big man Jock Landale to his Serbian club Partizan Belgrade, excusing him from the Iran game.
The Boomers and Partizan made a deal to secure Landale’s services for the Kazakhstan game in which he had 10 points and five rebounds, on the proviso he was released after it.
Australia and New Zealand have the best records in Asian qualifying; both head into the last round on 10-1 records.
Iran still need a win to secure their place and avoid a potential three-way tie with Japan and Philippines for the two guaranteed qualifying spots in their group.
Japan visits bottom-side Qatar for their last game and the Philippines face Kazakhstan in Astana knowing they must win and have both Japan and Iran lose to be tied on win-loss record.
The Boomers play Iran in Tehran on Monday at 1.30am.
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.