Mumbai : The inaugural Videocon Billiards Premier League, organised by the Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra, will be held in Mumbai from August 16 to 24.
Ten formidable teams, comprising the crème de la crème of Indian billiards exponents, will feature in the week long extravaganza that will be held at six clubs across South Mumbai that are the hub of cue sports.
The winning team will receive the top prize of 1.25 lakh, while the runners-up will receive Rs. 90,000. In addition, the team finishing third will earn Rs. 60,000 and the fourth placed will receive Rs. 50,000.
“This is a sincere attempt to revive billiards which has been overshadowed by snooker and other cue sports over the years,” explained Derek Sippy, BSAM honorary joint secretary. “Billiards already has a formidable reputation of producing amateur and professional world champions Wilson Jones, Michael Ferreira, Geet Sethi and Pankaj Advani. But we realised that players at large were drifting away from billiards owing to various reasons.”
Sippy added: “Apart from the national championships, we do have the state selection tournament and other billiards competitions organised under the auspices of BSAM that keep the sport alive. But there was a need to do much more. This is one of the first steps to prevent billiards from reaching the abyss. Apart from the administrators the players also realised the danger, and the beauty is they themselves are involved in the effort, which in turn reflects their passion for the beautiful game.”
The tournament – of the players, by the players, for the players – has attracted the country’s star cueists who are specialists in the three-ball game.