Was there a draw? Looks like they've been paired based on who's neighbour with whom..
Exactly that`s what I thought too at the first moment when I saw the encounters in Round 1.
Afghanistan vs. Palestine, the most western countries are playing each other and the eastern countries are among themselves.
This must be had decided by someone.
The matches in Round 1 will take part on 29/30th June and 3rd/4th of july.
I think it makes sense to have the 1st round on a geographical basis - especially with the size of Asia.
So, if you look at the draw - All Central/West teams were put in one group (in the end there were only 2 teams, so it seems Afghanistan v Palestine was the only option) and all South/East/ASEAN teams were put in another group (12 teams, drawn into 6 matches). Apart from Laos v Cambodia, no neighbours were drawn together. Bangladesh is close to Pakistan, but it is closer to Nepal or Myanmar. Mongolia is closer to Taiwan than Myanmar, and so on....
So, I think the draw was absolutely fine.