Hyderabad: Former world champion Geet Sethi has been given the top billing in the world billiards championship where 48 cueists from 20 countries are expected to take part.
In the inaugural match here on November 17, reigning world snooker champion Pankaj Advani will take on John Hartley of England in group E.
The match will be officiated by McGilivary of Ireland, the only woman referee in the world.
The tournament will be played in a round-robin league format and 16 players will advance to the quarter finals.
With matches to be played in the best of 15 frames format, there are chances of greenhorns outplaying professionals.
Six professionals, three from India and three foreigners, will display their skills in trick shots on the inaugural day.
THE TOP 8 SEEDS
1. Geet Sethi (India). 2. Praput Chaithanaskun (Thailand). 3. Devendra Joshi. 4. Dhruv Sitwala (both India). 5. Nalin Patel (UK). 6. Joe Minici (Australia). 7. Ashok Shandilya (India). 8. Steve Mifsud (Australia). (PTI)