KARACHI - Asjad Iqbal of Punjab made it two in two when he won Jubilee Insurance snooker title with ease defeating Shahram Changezi of Islamabad by seven frames to two in the final for his second title in a fortnight here on Thursday at Karachi Gymkhana.
Asjad had won NBP Snooker championship about two weeks ago. The new title made the Punjab youngster rich by Rs 70,000 which was cash award for the winner. Shahram Changezi took Rs 40,000.
Javed Ahmed MD Jubilee Insurance was the chief guest on prize distribution ceremony and also gave Rs 5000 to Khurram Agha of Sindh and KPT for making the highest 134 break in the competition. The losing semi finalists received Rs 15,000 each and the losing finalists Rs 5000 each. Also present at the finals were president PBSA Alamgir Shaikh, secretary PBSA Munawwar Shaikh, Shoaib Siddiqui, secretary Sindh Youth Affairs and Naveed Kapadia tournament director. The final against the expectations was one sided affair with Asjad Iqbal comfortably taking 7-1 lead before Changezi won second frame taking the eight frames.
When the best of thirteen frame started expectations were high of a selected gathering who was expecting some fine resistance from Islamabad player but Changezi could not rise to his reputation and looked insipid and uninspired. Despite lack of resources the PBSA under Alamgir Shaikh had done well by regularly hosting events with good prize money.
Agencies adds: With both Asjad and Shehram in top form, a keen tussle was on the cards. Asjad demonstrated strong potting and spectacular cue control to make Changezi struggle. With victory in the final, Asjad also avenged his 2-4 defeat suffered against Shehram in the league rounds. A beaming Asjad collected a glittering trophy and cash purse of Rs.70,000 while Shehram received runner-up trophy and Rs.40,000. “I owe this win to my parents who always supported me in my game. I also called my mentor and coach Muhammad Sajjad after winning the title,” Asjad said.
“It was my confidence and focus which was instrumental in my success,” he added. Asjad , who had represented Pakistan in Asian and World Under-21 championship off to a flying start by grabbing the first two frames.
Shehram, who featured on the World Professional circuit in England last year, took third frame. Asjad increased his lead 3-1 and a neatly constructed break of 67 to consolidate his position.
Shehram become a mere a spectator as Asjad forged to a decisive 6-1 lead that included a break of 55 in 7th break. Shehram gained some form with a brilliant break of 83 to make it 6-2. But without wasting any time, Asjad settled the issue by seizing the 9th frame 54-21.