Shokat Ali

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Shokat Ali
Born (1970-03-04) March 4, 1970 (age 47)
Accrington, England
Sport country  Pakistan
Professional 1991–2007
Highest ranking 34 (2002/2003)
Career winnings £240,000+
Highest break 139
Best ranking finish Quarter-final (2001 Thailand Masters)
Medal record
Men's snooker
Representing  Pakistan
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Bangkok Individual
World Games
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Akita Individual

Shokat Ali (born 4 March 1970) is an English snooker player of Pakistani descent, who represents Pakistan in international tournaments.[1] Ali turned professional in 1991, but his best performance in professional competition came ten years later in the 2001 Thailand Masters where he reached the quarter-finals, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan en route.[2] He first gained notice when he defeated Jimmy White to reach the last 16 of the 1998 Grand Prix,[3] and also enjoyed a run of form in 1999.[4]

He has career earnings of over £240,000 and has a high break of 139. In 1998 Ali became the first man to win a Gold Medal for cue sports in world competition which he achieved at the Asian Games.[5]

Shokat Ali also won an episode on the game show "The Big Break" in 1996. In doing so, he became the first Pakistani snooker player to win the show.

In 2005 his cue was stolen from his car,[6] and he suffered a deterioration of results as he struggled to find another cue he could show his best form using. He dropped off the game's Main professtional tour in 2007, but showed signs of a return to form in 2008, winning an event on the secondary PIOS Tour.[7]

Ali is co-owner, with fellow player and horse enthusiast Chris Norbury, of Elite Snooker Club in Preston. Shokat Ali awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by Pakistan Government for his Gold Medal achievement


External links[edit]

  • Shokat Ali at CueTracker: Snooker Results & Statistics Database