World Snooker postpones Indian Open

World Snooker has postponed the Indian Open world ranking event, which was due to take place from March 24-28 this year, after failing to find a host city.

The world governing body recently signed a partnership with the India Business Group (IBG) to promote the Indian Open, but has now said on its website: “We have worked closely with our partners in India to try to find a suitable host city for the event, but without success.

“World Snooker continues to believe that there is great potential for snooker to grow in India, and it is our intention that this tournament will return to the calendar during the 2020/21 season.”

The Indian Open was first staged in New Delhi in 2013. Last year’s tournament was held in the port city of Kochi, with England’s Matthew Selt winning his first world-ranking snooker title since turning pro 13 years ago.

World Snooker’s tie-up with IBG comes after it last year broadened its association with social media platform Facebook by announcing that a number of its major events will this season be streamed free to fans in India via Facebook Live.