NBP ranking snooker begins from today Top cueists gear up for tough battle

KARACHI: When the 12th National Bank of Pakistan Ranking Snooker Championship cues off on Tuesday when country’s top cueists will return to competitive rivalry at the bank’s sports complex after six-month layoff due to Covid-19 pandemic.

When the 12th National Bank of Pakistan Ranking Snooker Championship cues off on Tuesday when country’s top cueists will return to competitive rivalry at the bank’s sports complex after six-month layoff due to Covid-19 pandemic.

After the 45th National Snooker Championship this is second event of the domestic circuit that held in February.

On Wednesday the details of the annual event were announced at a press conference held at a local hotel by Javed Ashraf while addressing the press briefing NBP’s senior vice-president

Javed Ashraf said that Pakistan is the land of snooker and enjoy an enviable record while addressing the press briefing NBP’s senior vice-president.

He said the bank’s president is keen in promotion of sports and assured to continue institutional support to the game.

The Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Federation (PBSF) president Munawwar Hussain Sheikh said all competing cueists have been asked to go through Covid-19 tests before entering the event.

He told a questioner that, “The provincial associations will bear the tests cost of their players and the PBSF will lend support if anyone will come without going through the SOP’s directives.”

He said to another question that the government has not released any annual or special grant in the last financial year and only doled out Rs2m exclusively for the benefit of players barring to spend it on administrative and other needs.

For Iqbal Qasim who whole-heartedly supported the game since the launch of NBP Cup compliment was paid by Former president Alamgir Shaikh to former bank’s sports head Iqbal Qasim.

He disclosed the PBSF had written several letters to Dr Fehmida Mirza who’s retaining to Asif’s case but in vain.

Arshad Husain, incharge of NBP Sports Complex, also spole.

On Oct sixth, the three juniors include National U-16 runner-up Zubair Tahir, National U-18 runner-up Umer Khan and National U-21 champion Haris Tahir.

Mohammad Asif will defend his crown as a sum of Rs100,000 is at offer for winner and Rs40,000 for runner-up.

Groups:

A: Mohammad Asif (Punjab), Rambel Gul (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Bahadur Khan (Balochistan), Umer Farooq (Phnjab),

B: Shahid Aftab (Punjab), Mohammad Bilal (Punjab), Mohammad Ali (Sindh), Sheikh Mohammad Mudassir (Punjab).

C: Asjad Iqbal (Punjab), Mohammad Saleem (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Asif Toba (Punjab), Mohammad Ajmal (Punjab),

D: Mohammad Ahsan Javaid (Punjab), Zulfiqar A. Qadir (Sindh), M. Jawed Ansari (Sindh), Ali Hamza (Sindh),

E: Babar Masih (Punjab), Mohammad Sajjad (Punjab), Abdul Sattar (Sindh), Mohammad Majid Ali (Punjab),

F: Mubashir Raza (Punjab), Sohail Shehzad (Sindh), Ahsan Ramzan (Punjab), Saad Khan (Punjab), Zubair Tahir (Punjab),

G: Mohammad Naseem Akhtar (Punjab), Hamza Akbar (Punjab), Rana Irfan (Punjab), Sharjeel Mehmood (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Umer Khan (Punjab),

H: Ali Haider (Punjab), Mohammad Ijaz (Punjab), Aakash Rafique (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Agha Bilawal (Sindh), Haris Tahir (Punjab).

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