Snooker players boycott issue has been resolved: Alamgir
KARACHI: Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) has resolved the issue of boycott of the cueists and all the players will be returning to the circuit at the start of circuit next month.
“The issue of top cueists boycott and their reservations have been sorted out,” PBSA President Alamgir Shaikh told media here on Wednesday. He had a meeting with some top players and officials of Punjab Billiards and Snooker Association in Lahore in which all the issues were settled, he added.
Pakistan snooker was hit by controversy when top players refused to take part in the national ranking event in Islamabad in August last due to lack of financial support for the players.
He said awarding of Central Contracts system for the first time in snooker was discussed and top eight cueists will be awarded the contract as per their quarterly ranking.
Alamgir Shaikh said the meeting was attended by President and Secretary of Punjab Association M/S Naveed Ahmed and players among others.
National Champion Muhammad Sajjad and Sohail Shehzad were not present in the meeting but consulted by the officials.
Overall Rs. 600,000 will be distributed among the players during the year 2009 and a budget has already been sent to Pakistan Sports Board and Sports Ministry.
According to Central Contacts number one ranked player will get Rs. 8000 and number two Rs. 7000 per month while players from three to eight will be given Rs. 5000 per month.
He said traveling allowance of the players has also been raised to Rs. 1500 from Rs. 1000. Players will also be provided free accommodation at PSB National Centre during events in various parts of the country.
Holding National Snooker Championship by the end of this month will launch PBSA Chief said new season and Nationals Senior Championship will be held in the middle of February.
He said details of other events of the calendar would be finalized in due course of time.