India – Pakistan snooker series postponed due to security fears.Pak-Ind snooker series due to be held in Karachi has been postponed & new dates to be announced later.The four-day series – the first between the arch-rivals in almost eight years.
Pakistan Snooker and Billiards Association president Alamgeer Shaikh said it was a mutual decision to postpone the clash.
“It was not possible for any country to play in Karachi after the deadly blast and we accepted India’s request to hold the series until the situation gets better in the city,” Shaikh told AFP.
Indian snooker team was due to reach Karachi later this week for the series scheduled from March 7-10. However, the twin blasts in Abbas Town that shook Karachi on March 3 and sent law and order situation in the city reeling, made conditions unsafe for the tour.
The neighbours have not played a snooker series since 2005, when India visited. All sporting ties were frozen after the deadly attacks on Mumbai in 2008, which were blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
India – Pakistan snooker series postponed due to security fears
Cricketing ties were revived after a gap of five years when Pakistan toured India in December-January for a short limited-overs series.
Despite the interruption, Shaikh praised India for agreeing to the series.
“India had shown a great gesture to agree on the series and four of their players were due to arrive on Wednesday, but it’s disappointing that the situation forced us to put the series on hold,” said Shaikh.
Snooker and billiards are fast-growing sports in the sub-continent, and Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif won the world amateur snooker title last year.