Team India-1 led by Pankaj Advani alongwith his team-mates Manan Chandra Malkeet Singh, have settled for silver medal at the Asian Team Snooker Championship 2018 after losing to team Pakistan-1 (Muhammad Asif, Babar Masih) 2 frames to 3.

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Team India comprises of the 19-time world champion Pankaj Advani, world team cup winner Manan Chandra and former Asian Team Gold winner Malkeet Singh confirmed medal for India by defeating team Thailand (Passakorn Suwannawat & Thanawat Thirapongpaeboon) in straight set of frames 3-0.

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Brijesh Damani, Malkeet Singh starrer team CITY KNIGHTS has won the 3rd edition of Bengal Premier League held at The Silver Spring Club, Kolkata. City Knights defeated Dream Chasers lead by Kamal Chawla and Divya Sharma 4-3 in the scintillating decider.

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The biggest guns in Indian snooker, Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta, have confirmed their participation in the Rs.12.25 Lakh total prize-money CCI Snooker Open Championship 2018, scheduled to start at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, from February 1, 2018 with the finals on 18th Feb. The tournament termed as ‘The Clash of Titans’.

The top eight ranked Indians, including newly crowned National champion Sumit Talwar of Chandigarh and runner-up Malkeet Singh of Railways, and the eight other cueists, who will receive wild card entry, will be the star attractions and the main challengers for the winners’ top prize of Rupees Two Lakh.

The other major names include two-time Asian Snooker champion Yasin Merchant, former Asian Snooker and Billiards champion, Alok Kumar and Sonic Multani, a former National Champion who has also played on the pro circuit for a couple of years before taking time out from the sport.

The Mumbai-based cueist Aditya Mehta, who is currently playing on the professional circuit, will return to the city, specially to take part in this event. Advani, recent recipient of the Padma Bhushan award and a multiple champion in snooker and billiards at the Nationals, World and Asian championships, will be a major contender to emerge as champion.

The runner-up will be richer by Rs.1.30 Lakh, the losing semi-finalists will receive Rs.75000 each, and the losing quarter-finalists will get Rs.40000 each. Players reaching the round of 16 and round of 32 would also receive cash prizes of Rs.25000 and Rs.12500 each respectively.

To bring out the best from the players and make sure some absorbing contests, the organising committee have decided to offer a special cash award of Rs 1.47 lakh for the maximum break of 147 compiled during the tournament. Meanwhile, a cash award of Rs.25000 is at stake for the highest break, the qualification is a break of 130 and above.

With the cream of Indian players, including a galaxy of stars, cue sports aficionados can look forward to some fascinating and exciting competition throughout the entire duration of the tournament.

The last 5 days of the event i.e. 14th - 18th Feb will have LIVE STREAMING of the matches on Cue Sports India's Facebook and Youtube channels.

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