KARACHI: The second edition of Asian 6-Reds and Asian Team Snooker Championship explode into action at Khorshed Hall of Hotel Avari Towers from Sunday at 4 pm, with 15 -nations in the fray.
6-member Indian team arrived here on Saturday for taking part in the event and defending their team crown in the week-long championship.
Besides host Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, India, and Thailand are among the favorites for the individual team title carrying lucrative purse of over Rs 2.3 million.
While India, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Syria, Qatar teams and officials have landed in Karachi from their respective destinations. Teams from Afghanistan, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal, Palestine, Singapore, Saudi Arabia Thailand, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) are being awaited.
However prominent snooker nation China is for the first time have not entered the event in Pakistan which they does in the past regularly.
Draws for the 6-Red are yet to be prepared and we cannot announce who will be playing whom. Draws will be prepared late tonight after player reports in Karachi.
Pakistan’s Muhammad Asif will be defending his 6-Red crown which he had won in Doha (Qatar) last year. Besides 6-Red, Pakistan is fielding as many as four teams.
Muhammad Asif will be pairing with Muhammad Sajjad while other teams included Imran Shehzad-Shahid Aftab, Asjad Iqbal-Shehram Changezi and Sohail Shahzad-Muhammad Bilal.
Pakistan lost to Afghanistan in the quarterfinal of the team championship. But with four teams, Pakistan will be hoping to do well.
2012 IBSF World Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was confident that Pakistan is well prepared for 6-Red and Asian team event.
Last team we lost in the quarterfinals of the team event. But this time we got four teams and bit of luck they can reached semifinals and beyond, Asif from Faisalabad, said.
He said they have been undergoing hard training and practice session and looking forward to achieve something special for the country.
In Snooker you needed some luck with good performances with blessing of Allah we will bring glory and honor to the country, Muhammad Asif, who with Muhammad Sajjad also won the IBSF World Team title in Carlow (Ireland) last year.
He said Pakistan will be facing stiff challenge from Iran, arch-rival India. Afghanistan, Thailand, Iran in their bid achieve excellence.