World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn was in Thailand last week to announce the new PTT - EGAT Snooker World Cup 2011.


Hearn met with dignitaries including Suwat Liptapanlop, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and Chairman of the PTT-EGAT Snooker World Cup 2011 organising committee, to discuss plans for the event.


The tournament will be sponsored by PTT, Thailand's state-owned energy company, and EGAT, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.


It will run from July 11 to 17 at the World Trade Centre in Bangkok.


There will be 20 two-man teams from around the world, making it a truly global event. Eight teams are seeded into the event based on the position of players in the world rankings, and as the host nation, Thailand will have two teams. Details on the other teams will follow.


▪ A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT on another new event is expected within the next few weeks. We are in advanced discussions about a new overseas ranking tournament to take place in late July. We intend to reissue the 2011/12 calendar, including rankings cut-off points, during the World Championship.