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Pakistan whip Iran to land IBSF Team Event title

Updated Oct 07, 2013 10:11pm


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Mohammad Sajjad. -File photo
Mohammad Sajjad. -File photo

KARACHI: The pair of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Sajjad did Pakistan proud by capturing the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) Team Event title in Carlow, Ireland, on Sunday routing Iran 5-3 in the best of nine frames final.

The formidable Pakistan duo recovered from three frames down to turn the tables on their opponents Soheil Vahedi and Amir Sarkosh. Pakistan was home 33-70, 18-68, 9-74, 88-20, 67-11, 87-15, 75-43, 58-35.

Sajjad hammered two elegant breaks of 83 and 51 in the fourth and seventh frames while Asif piled up a break of 50 in the fifth.

This is the second world crown for Asif in less than a year after his unprecedented rise in the IBSF world amateur snooker championship at Sofia, Bulgaria, on Dec 2 last.

For Sajjad, this is the maiden world title after his triumph in Korat Cup, a Thai ranking event besides finishing runner-up in the Asian Snooker Championship.Earlier, the two Pakistanis were crashed out from the 6-Reds event in pre quarter-finals on Saturday.

The victorious Pakistan team is due to arrive from Carlow in the wee hours of Tuesday. President of the Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Federation (PBSF) Alamgir Shaikh, secretary Munawwar Hussain Shaikh and international referee Shabbir Hussain will also return with the victorious cueists.

Final results:

Pakistan bt Iran 5-3 (33-70, 18-68, 9-74, 88-20, 67-11, 87-15, 75-43, 58-35).


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Comments (4) Closed

ahmed zeeshan Oct 07, 2013 11:49am

Bravo... Congratz

Muhammad Taqi Oct 07, 2013 03:04pm

Boys, we are proud of you! Keep shining.

Tariq Oct 07, 2013 06:23pm

That's a great news! Keep it up boys. Hope they are awarded duly once back home?

Best wishes.

Bob-Wuxi Oct 07, 2013 07:11pm

This news line is full of hubris. How many newspaper use that kind of language. This reporter needs a lesson or two in reporting a once in a life time win. In fact he should be whipped for choosing the poor words.