The 26-year-old from Hyderabad is reigning state champion and ranked No 1 for this season, and boasts a top break of 133 in matchplay - and 147 in practice.
He has entered the Q School - the new tournament which runs from May 11 to 31 and will have 12 places up for grabs on next season's professional circuit. The semi-finalists from each of four week-long tournaments will be handed a spot on the World Snooker Tour, where they will be competing for total prize money of £4.5million.
"The day I heard of this format, I told myself 'I am going come what may.'" Dr Raoof told worldsnooker.com. "I started playing when I was 14 years old and since then I have been a player of considerable merit, performing quite well at the state and national level tournaments.
"Snooker unfortunately had to take a back seat soon after I joined medical school. Now, I have taken a year off work to prepare for and play in the Q school. It's a fantastic idea for players like me who cannot afford to stay a whole year in the UK to try to qualify for the main tour.
"Since childhood I have dreamt of being a world champion and now I have a shot at making it possible. I will give it everything I have got and irrespective of the outcome I am sure it will be a trip and experience I will cherish for a long time to come.
"Like every other budding snooker player I have idolised Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan. It would be a dream come true if I was able to rub shoulders with them and, who knows, if things go as planned I might play them on the main tour if I qualify from Q school."
Dr Raoof revealed that snooker is growing in popularity in India, adding: "About 80,000 to 100,000 people play snooker on a daily basis in clubs and snooker centres. And there are about 300 serious snooker players who travel all the year round for tournaments."
Well India is the Spiritual Home of Snooker when sir Nevile Chamberlain first used the term snooker in Jubbulpore India in 1875 then the Rules was drawn up and 5 years later John Roberts Junior a Legendary Billiards player went to India and as a Result of that Visit Brought Snooker Back to England and the Rest is History.
so its good that India is Taking a Intrest in the Game and Hopefully the Game will Grow and Grow there as it has in China.
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