Yasin Merchant withdraws from Asian Snooker Championship

Indore: Former Asian Champion Yasin Merchant has withdrawn from the Asian Snooker Championship, beginning tomorrow, citing personal reasons.

Instead of Merchant, who had been seeded third, India`s Manan Chandra will be included in the eight-day tournament, organising committee secretary Vishwesh Puranik told reporters.

"Merchant has withdrawn as his father is not keeping well. Manan has replaced him," he added.

Because of alleged visa problems, Jordan`s Ahmed Adnan Abdullah and Suleiman Umar are also not taking part in this tournament, he said.

Now, 42 players representing 18 countries will take part in the tournament to be played at Yeshwant Club with a total prize money of Rs 3.5 lakh.

Pakistan`s Mohammad Sajjad is the top seed, while India`s Pankaj Advani is seeded second.

Besides Advani and Chandra, I H Manudev, Kamal Chawla, Lucky Watnani and Aditya Mehta will represent India in the tournament.