IBSF World Team Championship: When Pakistan let the title slip away

KARACHI: Lady Luck did not smile on Pakistan 3 duo of Asjad Iqbal and Shahid Aftab as Malaysia’s Moh Keen Hoo and Kok Leong Lim snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, winning 5-4 in the final of the IBSF World Team Championship at the Movenpick Hotel in Karachi on Saturday.

IBSF World Team Championship

Asjad had put Pakistan within the sight of the title, but then he let the trophy slip away.

The final could hardly be counted among the best as both teams were cautious, owing to the grand stage of the competition, and played carefully while trying not to go for fancy shots.

However, it was not a one-sided match and went right down to the wire in the ninth frame, which was a doubles affair.

With the match even at 4-4, the decider was full of errors with both teams missing their aims. Asjad started on the wrong foot as he miscalculated while riskily trying to pot with a long shot.

The miss provided an opening for Malaysia, but they failed to make it count, notching only 12 points. Then Shahid was unable to punish Malaysia as he miscued while playing a pottable red. The mistake provided an opening  for the visitors who went 34-04 up before faltering.

Asjad and Shahid grabbed the opportunity with both hands and were well placed to run away with the title, leading 47-34 and needing just a brown and blue with the home crowd cheering them on.

But then came the moment that will haunt Asjad for a long time to come.