Carter joins long list of cueists to pull out

The inaugural Indian Open witnessed its biggest pull out so far on Saturday after World No 15 Allister Carter chose not to fly to New Delhi.

Carter, who was due to open his campaign against the winner of the match between Rod Lawler and Kamal Chawla, is the sixth cueist now to pull out of the 300,000 pounds bash.

The other cueists who qualified for the Indian Open but won’t be making it are David Gilbert, Anthony Hamilton, Tony Drago, Yu De Lu and Kyren Wilson.

While World Snooker generally doesn’t ask the players for the reasons behind their action, they impose a penalty of 250 pounds for their non-appearance.

Meanwhile, the Le Meridien hotel was a beehive of activity on Saturday as World Snooker officials were seen working non-stop in order to get the venue ready for Monday’s action.

Only a handful overseas cueists had checked in on Saturday with most expected to touchdown at Delhi on Sunday, the day for the opening ceremony.

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