Pakistan’s Ahsan Ramzan wins World Snooker Championship Title

Riding on the crest of a wave, teenage sensation Ahsan Ramzan elevated his stature when he outpaced former runner-up Iranian Amir Sarkhosh 6-5 in an epic final to lay his hands on the International Billiards and Snooker Federation World Snooker Championship in Doha in March 2022. Ahsan became the second-youngest cueist to clinch the world title after China’s Yan Bingtao, who did it at the age of 14 defeating Sajjad in the title clash at Bangalore in 2014.

Snooker is a cue sport that was first played by British Army officers stationed in India in the second half of the 19th century. It is played on a rectangular table covered with a green cloth called baize, with six pockets, one at each corner and one in the middle of each long side. The game is played with twenty-two balls, comprising a cue ball, fifteen red balls, and six other balls — a yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, and black — collectively called the colours. Snooker gained its identity in 1875. The standard rules of the game were first established in 1919 when the Billiards Association and Control Club was formed. As a professional sport, snooker is now governed by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. The World Snooker Championship first took place in 1927. The “modern era” of snooker began in 1969 after the broadcaster BBC commissioned the television series Pot Black, later airing daily coverage of the World Championship, which was first televised in 1978.

Ahsan Ramzan, 16, a young snooker player from Pakistan has beaten Amir Sarkosh of Iran to win the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Snooker Championship. The talented cueist has made the nation proud by winning the world title at such a young age. In a nerve-wracking final held in Doha, Ramzan, who was seeded 27th in the tournament, overcame the more skilled Amir Sarkosh of Iran by a set score of 6-5.

At one point Amir Sarkosh was leading the game by 3-5, and only needed a single set to win the world title. However, Ahsan Ramzan did not crumble under pressure he kept his composure and with great control and determination pulled the game back in his favor and ultimately won the IBSF World Snooker Championship title. Ramzan won the final with scores of 63-60, 91-0(70), 56-34, 01-102(102), 28-68, 27-66, 86-18, 1-70, 69-0, 63-17 and 67-25. This was Pakistan’s fourth IBSF World Snooker title. Mohammad Asif had previously won the prize twice, and Mohammad Yousaf once.

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