Published On: Wed, Apr 27th, 2016

Hamza Akbar made history


Hamza Akbar

Recently Hamza Akbar became the initial Pakistani cueist who took part in the Professional Snooker World Cup. His financial condition was not as good and he borrowed money to pay the entry fee and maintain to reside in the UK.

The 22-year-old player made history that is the initial Pakistan-born player and participated in the professional circuit. But this all has highlighted the malfunction of the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Sports Ministry and the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for not even handing Hamza his prize money for winning the Asian Snooker Championship.

Mohammad Nisar supported Hamza in the UK and helped him whereas he was disregarded by Pakistan’s sports authorities.

Hamza told in an interview, “I’ve had a phenomenal experience as far as playing on the professional circuit is concerned because I had the chance to play with the best in the world,”

Hamza told his experiences in the UK, “I enjoyed playing the matches as much as I could and all my time away from the game was either spent practicing or trying to arrange money to sustain myself there,” he further added, “I had to borrow £2,500 for my living expenses and my World Cup entry fee, which was £700 and was paid by Nisar just two days before the deadline.”

When Hamza was worried he made efforts to contact IPC Sports Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada each day, but the office staff always ignored him.

Hamza entered in the Victoria Snooker Academy and came back to Pakistan with a position of 96. He is the initial Pakistani who break into the top 150 with a loan of £2500. He is optimistic on giving back the loan when he goes the UK subsequent month to take part in his second season of the professional circuit

He stated that “I badly wanted the money in order to meet my expenses and I used to get up at six in the morning to call the IPC Sports Minister but his staff kept making excuses. It was like begging for my own right,” He further added, “I thought I would get a lot of support since I was making history and playing at the highest level but that was not the case. However, I’m happy that I’ve broken into the top 100 because you need that to survive in the professional circuit.”

The cueist who lives in Faisalabad stated that he has gained much experience from there and will endeavor to play better in the next season, which is going to commence in May. Though, his approximation is that he requires almost £10,000 to £12,000 for accommodation, travelling, food and tournament entries.

Hamza asserted that his fellow professionals are of the view that he has done a good job in his initial year.

He said “I aim to keep playing on the professional circuit,” he continued as, “The conditions there are just perfect and everything depends on your practice and game. You can’t make any excuses that the table was not right or that moisture was there.”


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.