International Test Series
The annual Test series of Billiards and Snooker between the Indian
Province of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka was held over three days from
14th-16th July, with Erode, Kodaikanal, and the Madras Cricket Club
providing the venues. The tournament was won by the Indian squad of
S. A. Saleem, K. Ranjan, Premprakash, Siddarth Rao, Pranav Jain, S. H.
Kamaraj and Jai Ganesh who managed to win all three encounters. The
billiards was played as a mix of 150 up games and one-hour time
The tournament was not held last year due to lack of sponsorship, the
previous contest having been held in Nuverelia, Kandy, and Colombo,
when the Sri Lankans were victorious, winning that series 2-1.
The Sri Lankan team on this occasion included H. H. Sirisoma, and
father and son combine of Henry and Susantha Boteju, but the squad
had been depleted by the absence of two key players Chuti Mansoor
and Naresh Samarawickrama, who were sent to Bangkok by the Sri
Lankan Billiards and Snooker Federation for “training and competition
exposure” in advance of the forthcoming Asian Games.