KARACHI (APP)- Four-day final round of National Bridge Trials to select one Pakistan team will be held at Aslam Hall housed at National Stadium here from March 20 to 23, Pakistan Bridge Federation (PBF) announced on Monday. Country's eight teams including five from Karachi, two from Lahore and one from Islamabad will be featuring in the trials. "The winners of the trials will represent in Bridge Federation of Asian and Middle East and Bermuda Bowl,", Secretary PBF Tariq Rasheed Khan said. He said the initial venue for BFAME was Amman (Jordan) but there may be an alternate venue and the event will be held in June. He said Bermuda Bowl will be in Sao Paulo (Brazil) in October. In the meantime former national Champion Candyland are leading the Karachi-leg of preliminary trials with 279 Victory Points (VPs). Candyland comprising of Muhammad Ismail, Hamid Mohiuddin, Khaled, Mubashir Puri, Ziaullah Baig are dominating the competition. Another former National Champion Allana with A.R.Allana, Jan-e-Fazli, Kemal Shoaib, Rashid Jafer and Imran Jaka are placed second with 262 VPs. Mazhar-IV with Mazhar Goran, Raza Naqvi, Hussain Jafar, AK Bhurgri are lying third with score of 241. Giants are placed fourth with 233 and Data Steel are ranked fifth with 232 VPs on the penultimate day of the trials in 17 teams competition. Ex-World Champ Yousuf fails to qualify for Nationals KARACHI (APP) - Former World Champion Muhammad Yousuf failed to qualify for the 34th edition of National Snooker Championship for the first in two decades. "As Yousuf did not feature in the Sindh Cup he failed to qualify for the national championship," a spokesman of Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) said on Monday. "There was no concept and rule of granting wild-card entry to him according to PBSA regulations," he said. The national championship is schedule to be held at Amir Bakhsh Hall of Karachi Club from March 16 to 21. Yousuf had won the national crown on record 13-time but slipped in the national ranking after lack of consistency on the national circuit in the past couple of years. He said PBSA have also reduced the number of cueists from 48 to 32 to make it more competitive and exciting and help in curtailing the expenses. New snooker sensation Muhammad Sajjad of Sargodha, who thrashed Saleh Muhammad last year in the final will be defending his title. He said 32 cuemen picked after recently concluded provincial cups from across the country will be taking part in the six-day competition. Participants, he said will be drawn in eight groups and top two from each group after league activity will qualify for the last 16 round. PBSA spokesman said PBSA awaiting entries from provincial bodies and in case of drop outs, top players from national junior competition will be included in the event. He said cut off date for entries is March 6.