KARACHI The first Del Monte Snooker Cup, which commences here at Karachi Club on October 3, will serve as trials for the selection of Pakistan team for the World Amateur Championship to be played in Syria in December. This was announced here Thursday at a media briefing held to provide details of the competition carrying Rs one million in prize money. President Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association Alamgir Shaikh and Anjum Nisar of Del Monte, which is title sponsor of the cup, jointly addressed the well-attended media briefing. Alamgir Shaikh said Pakistans leading cueist Muhammad Sajjad would defend his title in the championship which would also see in action the leading players of the country who are Asjad Iqbal, Imran Shahzad, Sohail Shahzad, Muhammad Asif, Umair Alam, Qasim Kamani, Abdul Sattar and Rambail Gul placed in group A. Muhammad Sajjad, Muhammad Asif Toba, Imran Qamar, Muhammad Javed, Sharjeel Mahmood, Sultan Muhammad, Shahram Changezi and Nauman Awan are in group B. The two finalists will qualify to represent Pakistan in world championship, he added. In his opening briefing, the PBSA head also thanked Karachi Club, the home of snooker for providing all the facilities at the club premises free. He also thanked the managing committee of the club. It is pertinent to mention here that Muhammad Yousuf, who became the first Pakistani to win world amateur title in South Africa in 1994, came from Karachi Club which honoured the champion by offering him membership of the club and also awarded him financially. Alamgir Shaikh also spoke about the difficulty the PBSA was facing in inviting an Indian coach for Pakistan team. Although all the instructions have been issued, but still there were a number of hitches in the way of inviting the coach. Pakistan team for Novembers Asian Games will be named in next 10 days, he said. The PBSA was constantly facing the financial difficulties to carry out its national activities and in sending Pakistan team to major international events, he added. The PBSA had already told the concerned government quarters that the association annually needed Rs eight million for smooth functioning and had informed them that the PBSA would raise half of that amount from its own efforts. But so far no concrete progress had been made in that direction. He said that because of the delay in releasing the annual grants in aid from the Pakistan Sports Board, the PBSA was facing difficulty in distributing the monthly contract money to the top eight. The PBSA, he said, had decided to raise the needed funds till the release of the aid so that the salaries were given to the players. He thanked various sponsors who had come from time-to-time to support the PBSA. He also thanked Anjum Nisar, his old friend, for sponsoring the coming event. He also welcomed the offer of Anjum Nisar, who in his speech, had hinted at sponsoring snooker on a long-term basis. Anjum Nisar said snooker had huge potential and it needed support. He said that he had decided to support snooker on a long-term basis and added that from now on, Del Monte and Pakistan snooker will go together. According to the details of the coming championship, the winner will get Rs 50,000 and the runners-up Rs 30,000. The two semi-finalists will receive Rs 20,000 each and the highest breaker (60 and above) will get Rs 5000.