New Delhi: India on Thursday crashed out of the
Snooker World Cup after suffering their second defeat in the
USD 7,00,000 invitational tournament at the Bangkok Convention
Centre in Thailand.
India, represented by seven-time world champion Pankaj
Advani and Asian Games bronze medallist Aditya Mehta, were
beaten 1-4 by the experienced English duo of Mark Selby and
After having registered their first victory by rolling
over Belgium 3-2 on the second day, India surrendered meekly
to England on the fourth day of the team championships.
On the opening day, India lost 1-4 against Northern
Ireland with only Aditya being able to win the final frame
against Gerard Greene.
India will play their last league fixture against another
Group C rival Brazil tomorrow.
The 2011 Snooker World Cup, which has returned to the
scene after a gap of 15 years, is featuring pairs who will
compete in five one-frame series. The last Snooker World Cup
was held in Bangkok in 1996.
A total of 20 teams are competing in the World Cup,
divided into four groups.
Each team consists of two players with every player has
been guaranteed USD 3,750.
Each match is played over five one-frame matches and the
teams score one point for each frame won with the top two in
each group advancing to the quarter-finals.