The 24 teams for the Sports Lottery Cup Wuxi World Cup have been announced.
The tournament runs from June 24 to 30 in the city of Wuxi in China’s Jiangsu Province. The line up of players for the two-man teams will be announced soon.
The event will be televised on Eurosport.
China have won the last three World Cups, with Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo lifting the trophy in both 2011 and 2017, while Yan Bingtao and Zhou Yuelong took the glory in 2015.
The 24 teams this time are:
Republic of Ireland
United Arab Emirates
The teams will be split into four groups, each of six teams, for the round robin phase. The top two in each group will then go through to the quarter finals.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Wuxi will host the tournament every two years for the next decade. The total prize money this year will be $800,000.
What’s a bit funny is that they don’t say anything about the groups whilst some people on social media already know and posted about them:
A: China A, Thailand, Poland, Austria, Norway, Germany
B: Northern Ireland, England, Iran, Ireland, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia
C: Scotland, Belgium, Malaysia, Israel, UAE, Cyprus
D: Wales, China B, Switzerland, Malta, Australia, India
Luca Brecel and Ben Mertens will represent Belgium.
Mark Allen and Jordan Brown will play for Northern Ireland.
Kyren Wilson and Jack Lisowski for England
Liang Wenbo and Zhou Yuelong for China B
Thor Chuan Leong and Moh Keen Ho for Malaysia
Marco Fu will not play for Hong Kong, by Andy Lee will.