Congratulations to Hammad Miah in qualifying from Q School – Event One to become a Snooker Professional on the World Snooker Main Tour with a two year card for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons. Hammad impressed his rivals by winning five straight matches at Q School to earn him a well deserved place on the World Snooker Main Tour.
Hammad is one of our young ex-league players who used to play for Old Harlow War Memorial and helped them win the league a couple of seasons ago. He first played the game under the watchful eyes of ex-snooker professional Jason Pegrum at Pockets Snooker Club at Ware and having first picked up a cue in 2001, has turned professional within 12 years, a remarkable achievement. As an amateur player in 2012, Hammad reached the Southern Final of the English Amateur Championship and also the Semi Final of the IBSF World Under 21 Snooker Championship in China.
This month Hammad will join around 120+ other snooker professionals on the Main Tour on a two year contract and the new flat draw format in place for the first round of many of the events could see him playing household names on a regular basis. Look out Ronnie O’Sullivan!
Hammad told World Snooker in a recent interview;
“It feels amazing to be on the tour. I have put in a lot of hard work for this. A few players were saying this week they thought I would get through, but I just had to avoid distractions and try to win matches. There were a few nerves today but I am mentally strong.
“I know it’s going to be really tough on the tour and I have seen other players struggle. But I want to do something, I won’t be there just to make the numbers up.”
Hammad’s first match as a professional snooker player in a world ranking event is in round one of the Wuxi Classic against World Number 35 Jack Lisowski, matches are being played between 27-29 May 2013. The Wuxi Classic is the first event to use the new 128 flat structure for ranking tournaments, with all players starting in the first round. The winners of the qualifying matches will go through to the venue stage in Wuxi, China, from 17-23 June 2013.
Hammad is managed by his good friend and mentor Steve Bothwell of Bullet Brickwork (UK) Ltd. If any companies or individuals are interested in sponsoring Hammad for a particular event then please contact Steve Bothwell on 07957-123411 for further details. Packages can be tailor made to suit your requirements and budget.
We will keep you updated with Hammad’s progress. Good luck from us all at SWDSL! You can follow Hammad on Twitter @HammadMiah147
Please see Q&A Interview below which was written in October 2010.