Calls made to turn Six Red World Championship into a ranking event

Calls have been made to turn the invitational Six Red World Championship into a major ranking event.

The event, which sees frames played with just six reds on the table rather than the traditional 15, has been established on the calendar for several years and on Saturday was won by Kyren Wilson after he beat Ding Junhui 8-4.

During the final former Masters finalist and current world number 25 Joe Perry tweeted saying he would like to see the event become a ranking event with all players involved.

Wilson took a home for cheque for around £82,000 – more than four times the amount he won for winning the Paul Hunter Classic, which is a ranking event, two weeks ago.

He said: “Make the 6 reds a ranking comp, let all 128 players enter!!”

Joe Perry. Picture by Monique Limbos

Fellow professional player Daniel Wells then replied to Perry saying that he had written to the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association’s (WPBSA) Players Committee about the possibility of upgrading the tournament.

Wells tweeted: “I sent an email to @wpbsaplayers about this. Surely if shootout is a ranking that could be.”

Also backing the idea was TV snooker pundit Neal Foulds who tweeted his response saying: “I agree. No obvious reason why the six reds couldn’t be a ranking event.”

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