LAHORE - Pakistan has attained top position in international men snooker ranking due to awesome performance of M Asif for winning the world snooker title.

Asif's title victory helped Pakistan to get 120 points and accumulated total 172 points to attain top position in the Men Snooker Ranking for the year 2012. “Pakistan had 52 points after previous year’s championship and was at No 8. The ranking is based on points accumulated for their performance in current year and immediate previous championships,” said Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Federation (PBSF) spokesman here on Monday.

Both the players from England reached in quarter-finals and one moved to final helped the country to gain 100 points and placed England at position three with total 142 points. Last year England was at No 10. Poland and Switzerland also performed well to better their positions as 16 and 17 from previous bests of 28 and 32 respectively.

The 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).