Trio from Pakistan in last 32 of Asian Snooker Championship

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KARACHI: World champion Mohammad Asif with Mohammad Sajjad and Mohammad Bilal have qualified into the last-32 of the Asian Snooker Championship, recently happening in Doha, Qatar.

Mohammad Asif won against Qatar’s Abdul Lateef Al Fawal 4-1 with scores of 97-29 (89), 79-40, 64-63, 25-79 and 73-43, while he was majorly involved in a tougher match against Syria’s Karam Fatima, which he won 4-3.

It was a see-saw encounter between the two and at one point Karam led 3-2.Mohammad Asif bounced back and won the final two frames to finish 69-62, 36-55, 80-40, 55-67, 34-72, 75-14 and 62-45 and shock the Syrian.

Mohammad Asif has now won all of his matches in his group and joins his players Sajjad and Bilal from Pakistan, who also remain unbeaten in the tournament yet.

Sajjad defeated Sri Lanka’s Mohammad Shamil Ameen 4-1 by scores of 62-30, 64-41, 63-54(56), 35-56 and 72-22(72) to complete his third win, while Bilal overcame UAE’s Mohammad Shehab 4-3 by scores of 66-53, 33-99(50), 64-37, 0-69(60), 78-34, 09-65(59) and 62-27 to maintain the unbeaten run.

Another player Sohail Shahzad the fourth Pakistani in the event also remains in contention to progress into the knockout stage as he won 4-0 on day two against Iraq’s Adel Ibrahim.

President Alamgir Sheikh of Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) said that he is hopeful that Shahzad will join his compatriots in the last-32.

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