March 4, 1970 |
|Highest ranking||34 (2002/2003)|
|Best ranking finish||Quarter-final (2001 Thailand Masters)|
Shokat Ali (born 4 March 1970) is an English snooker player of Pakistani descent, who represents Pakistan in international tournaments. 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. He first gained notice when he defeated Jimmy White to reach the last 16 of the 1998 Grand Prix, and also enjoyed a run of form in 1999.
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, 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.
- "International Open 1997", by Hermund Årdalen, WWW Snooker, Oslo, Norway, 4 May 2005; accessed 1 March 2007
- BBC Sport: Ali shocks O'Sullivan
- Asian Image: Shokat's 15 minutes of frame
- This is Lancashire: Snooker: Ali makes it through
- The Citizen: Snooker: Shokat strikes gold
- BBC Sport: Ali appeals for missing cue
- World Snooker News: The Wonder Of Cue
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