KARACHI: The Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) has finalised a four-member squad that will participate in the upcoming Asian Team Event and 6-Red Snooker Championship.
Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Sajjad, Humza Akbar and Mohammad Majid Ali have been selected to take part in the two tournaments that will be held on May 24-30 in Doha, Qatar.
PBSA President Alamgir Sheikh has also requested Mubarak al Khayarin, Asian Confederation of Billiards and Snooker general secretary and chairman of the Qatar Snooker Academy, to allow the Pakistan team to train with their professional coach at the snooker academy in Doha.
The request was made when al Khayarin was in Karachi for the Asian Snooker Championship and the PBSA was given a positive feedback. However, a formal response will be obtained within the next two days. Sheikh said that an answer was expected soon with the team scheduled to leave for training on May 15.
“I’m confident that our request will be accepted and our players will get a chance to train under a top-notch professional coach,” Sheikh told The Express Tribune. “Our players are really good and proper training will only get them in better shape, which is why we came up with this idea.”
Sheikh added the squad is a balanced one. “Among seniors, Asif is the current IBSF world champion while Sajjad is the former Asian number two. Similarly, Majid ended as runner-up in the Asian U21 Championship recently, while Humza surprised everyone by clinching the national event. So every player has some kind of an achievement to his name and I’m hopeful one of them will be able win this time.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2013.