Sports: Snooker: Asif’s world title brings Pakistan on top

Karachi: Mohammad Asif’s title winning campaign in IBSF Snooker World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria has propelled Pakistan to attain top position in the Men’s Snooker Rankings for the year 2012.

Asif became the world champion and his feat has now helped Pakistan leap from lowly eighth position to top spot in the world. In total, Pakistan has accumulated 172 points, 52 points after previous year’s championship and 120 points from recent championship.

Iran moved two places up to second place with a total of 144 points.

Meanwhile, two players from England reached in quarterfinals and one advanced to the final to help their country gain 100 points and clinch third position with total 142 points. Last year England was at Position 10.

Meanwhile, Poland and Switzerland also performed well to better their positions as 16 and 17 from previous bests of 28 and 32 respectively.

Countries that have dropped down noticeably in the ranking list include Thailand down to Rank 4 from top position, India from 2 to 6, Ireland from 3 to 8 and Afghanistan from 9 to 23.

IBSF releases ranking of countries every year. The ranking is based on points accumulated for their performance in current year and immediate previous championships.

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