I understand that Bahrain is the likely location of the tournament in the Middle East World Snooker will announce next week.
I am intrigued to know if this will be a ranking event and what the prize fund will be. Any new tournament is to be welcomed, but players will not welcome this one if it is not open to all of them.
Sir Rodney Walker, the World Snooker chairman, said on BBC Radio 5 Live that it would take place “later this year.” Looking at the calendar, there is only really November free, although every week is taken up currently with the Premier League.
More likely he meant "later this season" which would make February the favourite.
Anyway, Sir Rodney solemnly promised the new event would be announced on Monday.
Let’s hope this is a promise which is kept.