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V.V. Subrahmanyam
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Lucky Vatnani is ranked India No. 2 in snooker

Way to go:Lucky Vatnani will be representing the country in the World Professional Tour 2011-12.
Way to go:Lucky Vatnani will be representing the country in the World Professional Tour 2011-12.

Lucky Vatnani of Hyderabad is one of the two Indian cueists selected to represent India in the World Professional Tour 2011-12 season by the Billiards & Snooker Federation of India. The other cueist picked up is Aditya Mehta, the runner-up in the Asian snooker championship. Mehta is a native of Maharashtra.

Their selection would provide exposure to the best of the talent back home as India will host the World Professional snooker ranking event for the first time in February next year. The venue for the event is not yet fixed.

“Because of India being the host, World Snooker has allotted two wild cards for the host country as part of its efforts to promote sport here,” says Lucky Vatnani (25), who is ranked India No. 2 in snooker. “For the first time in two decades, India will be represented by two players on the Professional Tour. This is a big moment for Indian snooker,” says Lucky, who was the pre-quarterfinalist in the 2009 World Cup snooker held in the Hyderabad.

Eight months

“This Tour comprises 21 tournaments over a period of eight months and the two of us will be based at the Star Snooker Academy in U.K.,” says Lucky, who is sponsored by Karvy Group.

“The mere fact that we will be training and competing with some of the best cueists from Thailand and China should do a world of good for a player like me,” says the Hyderabadi.

“I am committed to giving my best as this is a dream opportunity and I hope to make my country proud,” says Lucky even while acknowledging the support of fellow Hyderabadi Captain. P.V.K. Mohan, president of BSFI.

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