LAHORE - Pakistan star cueists M Asif and M Sajjad brought the country's snooker to new heights as they beat Iran 5-3 to clinch the inaugural IBSF World Team Snooker Championship title at Carlow, Ireland on Sunday.
According to information made available here, reigning IBSF World and 6-Reds Asian Snooker champion M Asif and former Asian No 2 M Sajjad fought back from 0-3 to topple Iranian duo of Amir Sarkosh and Soheil Vehidi after an interesting tussle in the final.
This was Pakistan’s third major title in the last 10 months thanks to an outstanding show by M Asif and fellow team-mate M Sajjad. Asif won the IBSF World title in Sofia, Bulgaria last December and 6-Reds Asian Championship in Doha, Qatar in August.
Sarkosh and Vahedi got off to great start by securing a commanding 3-0 lead including a break of 50 in the first and 58 in the second frame. However, Pakistani pair of Asif and Sajjad showed great fighting qualities under pressure and a brilliant break of 83 gave them confidence.
Both Asif and Sajjad showed dazzling potting on a green baize with masterly dipping of the multicolored balls to make their Iran opponent mere a spectator and they conjured up the next four frames in row to carve out (33-70(50), 18-68(58), 9-74, 88-20(83), 67-11(50), 87-15, 75-43(51), 58-35) victory. After a handsome break of 83 in the fourth frame they added the breaks of 50 in the fifth and 51 in 7th frame. Earlier in the semi-finals, Pakistan defeated Ireland and Iran beat Wales to qualify for the final.