World 6-Red and Team Championships: Asif all but axed from Pakistan squads

Snooker body unimpressed with recent performances of former IBSF world champion


Our Correspondent June 14, 2016
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KARACHI: Former IBSF world champion Mohammad Asif, a regular feature in international events, is expected to face the axe for the IBSF World 6-Red and Team Championships squad as the Pakistan and Billiards Snooker Association (PBSA) is unsatisfied with his recent performances.

Asif has struggled to reach the same heights that made him win the individual IBSF world championship, the world team title and the Asian 6-Red tournament.

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Although he progressed to the knockout stages of some of the last few international tournaments, he has been unable to fight for the title or even reach the semi-finals in recent times.

“The PBSA is not happy with Asif’s quarter-final losses because he is a much better player,” a PBSA official told The Express Tribune. “We had dropped Mohammad Sajjad from our international tournaments’ squad for the same reason. We believe the snub will make Asif quickly realise that only good results will keep anyone in Pakistan squads.”

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In the most recent events, Asif was knocked out in the last-eight stage of the 2016 Asian 6-Red Championship, while he and Asjad Iqbal lost the semi-final of the Asian Team Championship.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2016.

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