Pakistan beat India to clinch Asian Team Snooker Championship


Pakistani duo of Mohammad Asif and Babar Masih beat Indian duo of Pankaj and Milkeet by 3-2 frames to win the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Qatar.

As many as 17 teams participated from overall 14 countries to lift the coveted prize of the event.

Babar Masih started off well for Pakistan defeating Pankaj in 1st frame with a break of 86.

Under pressure, India bounced back in the game after Milkeet down Mohammad Asif in 2nd frame to equalise the score for his team.

In the dual frame, Pakistani duo dominated over Indian Pair to double the lead for Pakistan.

Mohammad Asif lost the fourth Frame to Pankaj but Masih in last and final frame overwhelmed Milkeet with a break of 54 sealed the victory for the men in the green blazer.

The IBSF World Snooker Championship 2012 winner, Mohammad Asif after adding one more title to his achievement tally said that it is for the first time that Pakistan has won the Asian title.

He said that it was hard for them to beat India but thanks to his partner Babar Masih who clinched two frames to made it possible for them to finish the tournament on a high note.

“I lost both of my single frames which put a lot of pressure on us but at last Maseeh came up with flying colours for Pakistan,” Asif said.

On the other hand, Masih thanked the God for achieving something extraordinary for Pakistan.

“I am really happy to win this title for my country and it’s not the end here, we will come up with many more for our beloved country,” Maseeh said.

It is important to mention here that Pakistan’s contingent will now participate in the Asian 6Red Snooker Championship from today [Saturday].