Hamza Akbar (Urdu:حمزه اكبر ; born 12 November 1993) is a Pakistani snooker player who won the 31st Asian Snooker Championship held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2015. He is also the Pakistan national champion 2015.
|Born|| November 12, 1993 |
|Highest ranking||81 (June 2016)|
2019 Indian Open (qualifying)
|Best ranking finish||Last 32 (2018 Snooker Shoot-Out, 2018 Northern Ireland Open, 2019 Gibraltar Open)|
He practices at Oldham Snooker Academy.
Born in Faisalabad city of Pakistan, Akbar is a two-time national snooker champion. Akbar won his first major international title at the age 22, beating Pankaj Advani of India 7–6 in the final in of Asian Snooker Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in April 2015 to become the third player from Pakistan in 16 years to do so. The title earned him a two-year card for the main snooker tour beginning with the 2015/2016 season.
He threatened a comeback from 4–0 against two-time world champion Mark Williams in the first round of the 2015 UK Championship, but lost 6–4. He took Michael Holt to a deciding frame in the opening round of the Welsh Open and made a break of 52, but was beaten 4–3. His most remarkable performance in his first season on the main tour came at the World Snooker Championship where he defeated world number 33 Jamie Jones 10–5 in the first qualifying round, before losing 10–3 to Ian Burns.
Akbar qualified for the 2016 Indian Open by overcoming Chris Wakelin 4–1, but withdrew from the event before it began. He received a bye through to the second round of the Northern Ireland Open and lost 4–2 to Josh Boileau. Akbar would have dropped off the tour at the end of the season due to being ranked world number 112, well outside the top 64 who remain, but he received special dispensation and received a new two-year tour card due to his visa problems which have forced him to miss many events in the past.
Performance and rankings timelineEdit
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||81||[nb 3]||89|
|Paul Hunter Classic||MR||WD||WD||A|
|Northern Ireland Open||NH||2R||1R||3R|
|World Grand Prix||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Tour Championship||Not Held||DNQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Performance Table Legend|
|LQ||lost in the qualifying draw||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals|
|SF||lost in the semi-finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|DNQ||did not qualify for the tournament||A||did not participate in the tournament||WD||withdrew from the tournament|
|NH / Not Held||means an event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||means an event is/was a ranking event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- Players qualified through special dispensation started the season without prize money ranking points.
Amateur finals: 2 (2 titles)Edit
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||2015||Pakistan National Championship||Shahram Changezi||8–4|
|Winner||2.||2015||ACBS Asian Snooker Championship||Pankaj Advani||7–6|
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- "Pakistans Hamza Akbar wins Asian snooker title". Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- Akbar back on tour, Oldham Chronicle, 26 April 2017
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- "Pakistan's Hamza lifts Asian Snooker Championship title". Geo TV. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- ""I am just glad I got over the line" - two-time UK Champion Mark Williams relieved after first round battle with Hamza Akbar". The Press. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- "Hamza Akbar 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- "Hamza Akbar 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "Rankings 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- "Hamza Akbar Tour Card". World Snooker. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- Hamza Akbar at worldsnooker.com
- Pakistani snooker champion hasn't been paid - BBC Sport