Dr. Kaukab Quder Sajjad Ali Meerza, the last surviving Great
Grandson of Wajid Ali Shah and Begum Hazrat Mahal, died at Peerless
Hospital, Calcutta, at 1625 hours on this Sunday, 13th September
2020. He was 87. About a week ago he had tested positive for
Covid-19. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and four daughters.
Also known as Dr. M. Kaukub, he used to be a popular figure in the
Billiards & Snooker fraternity for a long time. He was the
Founder-Secretary of The Billiards & Snooker Federation of India,
The West Bengal Billiards Association, and also The Uttar Pradesh
Billiards & Snooker Association.
Dr. Kaukab was a leading organizer and also the Chief Referee of the
First World Snooker Championship held at the iconic Great Eastern
Hotel in Calcutta in 1963-64. The M. M. Baig Trophy of that World
event, which later came to be recognized as the IBSF World Snooker
Championship, was designed by him and to this day remains the
prestigious rolling trophy of the World Championship. It was won by
O.B. Agarwal once, and then by Pankaj Advani a number of times.
Apart from that pioneering first World Snooker Championship, he
organized many National and International events at the Great
Eastern Hotel. And he remained a key figure of the National
Billiards & Snooker Championship till it left it's permanent home,
the Palm Court of the Great Eastern Hotel, in the seventies to go
around the country. And even then, he organized the Nationals once
in Aligarh Muslim University where he had joined as a professor in
He had also taken out a pioneering Billiards magazine, The Baulkline,
in the 1970s.
Under his tutelage, his daughter Manzilat Fatima played the Junior
National Snooker Championship in 1980 in Ahmedabad and became the
first female ever to participate in the National Snooker
His son Irfan Ali Mirza is presently an International Referee and TV
In the Agra Nationals in 2009, he was honoured by the UPBSA for his
lifetime services to the games of Billiards & Snooker.
Bengal :: 14 September