Oman and Kuwait are the other likely candidates who want to host the showpiece event and a decision will be made at the FIFA congress in Paris on June 5 over the final number of participants and format of the competition.
Despite the uncertainty, Asian football officials conducted the draw for the first round of the continent's qualifying tournament.
The draw featured the region's 12 lowest ranked national teams.
The 12 nations will contest over two legs scheduled for June 6 and June 11.
The six respective winners will join Asia's top 34 teams in Round 2, which will commence in September.
The six matches will be the first 2022 World Cup qualifiers to be played worldwide.
Matches in Rounds 1 and 2 will double as part of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign.
AFC Round 1 draw:
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