In a country where only one sport dominates over all others, you can expect a welcome as spiritless as was given to the Pakistani snooker stars who beat India to win the Asian Team Snooker Championship 2019 in Doha, Qatar.
Babar Masih and Zulfiqar Qadir of Team Pakistan-2 defeated Pankaj Advani, Laxman Rawat and Aditya Mehta of Team India-1 in the deciding frame 3-2 to claim the winners’ trophy on June 29.
Just a couple of officials were there to welcome the champions at the airport on Monday. What they could get was only a little media attention and few posts on social media struggling to get people’s attention for the success in the big snooker event. While, cricket-crazy people were busy talking and whining about Pakistan’s doubtful situation in the World Cup 2019.
Playing exceptionally well, the Pakistani players curtailed both the Indian players in singles round (79-01 and 71-01) to enjoy 2-0 lead over India in first two frames.
Pankaj Advani and Laxman Rawat played limited scoring shots to clinch the doubles frame scoring 58-18. After that the Pankaj Advani dominated fourth frame against the Pakistan debutant Zulfiqar Qadir and won that 67-39 to send Laxman Rawat for the deciding frame against Babar Masih.
It was crucial moment for Pakistan as with a lead of 2-0. However, Pakistan’s Babar Masih obtained first 12 points. Then, he went for scoring and established good lead.
Laxman, after scoring 9 points, missed out and Babar dominated to win the title for Pakistan.
Team Thailand (Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon, Noppadon Sangnil) and Team Myanmar (Ko Htet, Win Ko Ko) shared the joint bronze trophy.
Team Pakistan-2 players had won the deciding frame against Thailand players Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon and Noppadon Sangnil to secure final berth.