Mumbai -Kabir Ali
Dhwanil Bhavnagari- Youngest team owner in India & Ashish Shah, Chairman & MD of Padmanabh Sports Pvt. Ltd. Subsidiary Of Padmanabh Industries Ltd. along with Prachi Desai, Shweta Khanduri promote “GUJARAT KINGS”- One of the star teams of The Cue Slam — Indian Cue Masters League
Gujarat Kings: Andrew Pagett (Icon), Alok Kumar, Brijesh Damani, Daria Sirotina, Sourav Kothari, Coach: Ashok Shandilya.
Team owners Dhwanil Bhavnagari, the youngest team owner in India & Ashish Shah, Chairman & MD of Padmanabh Sports Pvt. Ltd. Subsidiary Of Padmanabh Industries Ltd. addressed the media about their team “Gujarat Kings” who have already carved their names as winners in two matches of the first-ever “Cue Slam-Indian Cue Masters League”, to be held from August 19 to 25 this year in Ahmedabad.
Dhwanil Bhavnagari, the youngest team owner in India said “Cue Slam-Indian Cue Masters League is the first of its kind format introduced in India. It is extremely fast paced game, we have to adapt ourselves just like the audience likes it. People like fast paced games, they like unpredictable results, they like upsets, they like drama and that’s exactly what we aim to provide to the audience”
Prachi Desai said “I normally keep visiting Ahmedabad, Gujarat but this is the first time I have come for a sports events. Dhwanil being so young, he has proved that age doesn’t matter. If you have the talent, it can make you reach anywhere no matter what age you are. It is great that he is vesting his belief & giving platform to other games like Snooker & pool game. Given a chance I would also love to play snooker with the team players”
Besides owing “Gujarat Kings”, Ashish Shah, Chairman & MD of Padmanabh Sports Pvt. Ltd. Subsidiary Of Padmanabh Industries Ltd. & who have also acquired Premier Badminton League “Ahmedabad Smash Masters” said “”Padmanabh Sports Pvt. Ltd. Subsidiary Of Padmanabh Industries Ltd. is making its foray into sports and we are more than happy that Cue Slam-Indian Cue Masters League is our first step”
Shweta Khanduri said “I am honored to be a part of Gujarat Kings & Cue Slam-Indian Cue Masters League. I am glad that I was invited to be a part of the league to witness and encourage the team Gujarat Kings. I experienced the game is high on pace & drama which keeps the audience engaged”
About Cue Slam — Indian Cue Masters League- The League, which offers a total prize money of ₹50 lakh, will feature five teams: Gujarat Kings, Chennai Strikers, Hyderabad Hustlers, Bengaluru Buddies and Delhi Dons.
The League will feature a shot-clock; players will have to take their shots within 20 seconds, with a 10-minute span for each frame. The fans will also be encouraged to cheer their players during the games, unlike in traditional cue sports which demands silence
Gujarat Kings Team Members-
Coach :- Ashok Shandilya-
1. Andrew Pagett – Age 35 Nationalism : Welsh- Defeated world number one Mark Selby, 2 Amateur Titles, Defeated former world champion Neil Robertson.
2. Alok Kumar – Age 48 Nationality Indian- Gold : Asian Team Snooker Championship – 2013, 2003 Arjuna Awards, Silver in World Billiards Championship 2013.
3. Brijesh Damani – Age 34 Nationalism Indian- Bronze – IBSF World Team Championship 2016, Gold – Asian Team Championship 2013, ‘Khel Samman’ by West Bengal Government in 2016
4. Daria Sirotina – Age 23 Nationalism Indian- 2016 – Runner Up European Championship, 2015 – Runner Up European Championship, 3 Times European Ladies Team Champion
5. Sourav Kothari – Age 32 Nationalism Indian- Current World No.2 in Billiards, 2016 Arjuna Awards, Ranked no.1 in India in 6 Red Snooker for the period 2015-16
Catch the action live on Sony ESPN & Sportz Live from 19th – 25th August, 2017