Wildey wrote:i guess 4 wild card places are earned as in qualifying and the other 2 are picks from the indian promoter
Funnily enough, I was thinking the same ... but apparently not, the losers in the final matches got to play off for the remaining two places - seems a bizarre way of doing it to me.
Wild Card PlayoffsManan Chandra
4 - 2 Faisal KhanShivam Arora
4 - 2 Himanshu JainSundeep Gulati
4 - 2 Alok KumarKamal Chawla
4 - 2 Dharminder Lilly
Wild Card 'Lucky Loser' PlayoffsFaisal Khan
4 - 3 Himanshu JainDharminder Lilly
4 - 2 Alok Kumar
Of course, Laxman Rawat, the top ranked (by Cue Sports India) non-Pro is otherwise engaged in the Sangsom Six Reds, so missed out on a chance of competing in this.
So the six wild card players are:
Manan Chandra (Petroleum SPB (BPCL)/New Delhi) 2013 Indian Snooker Champion, 3rd in IBSF World Championship in 2006, age 32, CSI rank 4
Kamal Chawla (Railways/Madhya Pradesh) age 34, CSI rank 5
Faisal Khan (Railways/Maharashtra) age 28 in early October, CSI rank 6
Sundeep Gulati (New Delhi) 2013 Indian 8 Ball Pool Champion, age 32, CSI rank 10
Shivam Arora (Bihar) age 27 later this month, CSI rank 12
Dharminder Lilly (Punjab) age 38, CSI rank 20
Two from the capital, but otherwise a good spread of players (for the record, Pankaj Advani is from Karnataka and Aditya Mehta from Maharashtra), so players from the South, central India, from the North East and North West.