The China v Britain Snooker Challenge team event will take place in Shenzhen from November 23 to 25.
The tournament will feature four-man teams from China and the UK, playing singles and doubles matches.
It was staged for the first time in 2017, when the five-man British team of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Williams, Graeme Dott, Joe Perry and Michael Holt beat China’s Ding Junhui, Liang Wenbo, Yan Bingtao, Zhou Yuelong and Zhao Xintong by an overall score of 26-9.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to be working with the promoter Record Shenzhen on this sanctioned event. It’s important for any successful sport to have a variety of formats and it will be fascinating to see how this team event can grow, perhaps one day becoming snooker’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup. With snooker’s popularity growing rapidly throughout Asia, we now have six events in China this season. Shenzhen proved to be an excellent location for this tournament last year and it will be a fantastic event for the players who make the teams.”
The format will comprise singles matches involving all four players on the opening day, over the best of seven frames. On day two there will be four doubles matches, each best of five frames. And on the final day there will be two singles matches, best of nine and best of 11, with the players to be picked by the team captains.
More information on the team selection will be announced shortly.
Well, Ronnie was the UK captain last year but he is unlikely to be in it this time as he has already commited to some events/exhibitions on 21, 22 and 23 November 2018…