Asad Shaukat Ali turned professional in 1991, but his best performance in professional competition came ten years later in the 2001 Thailand Masters where he reached the quarter-finals, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan en route.He first gained notice when he defeated Jimmy White to reach the last 16 of the 1998 Grand Prix, and also enjoyed a run of form in 1999.
Shaukat Ali also won an episode on the game show "The Big Break" in 1996. In doing so, he became the first Pakistani snooker player to win the show.
In 2005 his cue was stolen from his car,and he suffered a deterioration of results as he struggled to find another cue he could show his best form using. He dropped off the game's Main professional tour in 2007, but showed signs of a return to form in 2008, winning an event on the secondary PIOS Tour.
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Snooker star’s appeal over stolen cue
ACCRINGTON snooker star Shaukat Ali is appealing for the return of his history-making cue.
The 35-year-old, ranked 50 in the world, had the cue stolen from outside his house in Hartman Street.
Ali has had the cue for most of his snooker career and it means a lot to him as he became the first cue sports gold medallist at a major games when he won the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998 with it.
"I have had the cue for 15 years and I am lost without it," said Ali. "I know it is only a cue but snooker isn't like tennis where you can swap rackets. You have the same cue as it takes time to get used to a new one as they are all completely different.
"It means such a lot as I was snooker's first ever gold medallist and made history with it."
Ali had the cue stolen on Tuesday during an early morning of chaos.