Hearn is ready to ring the changes.

Hearn could even act to introduce a flat 128-player draw, having until now protected 16 seeds by handing them automatic entry to the last-32 stage, with all other players entering through qualifying rounds.

Although World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has repeatedly stressed he does not want to make any drastic changes, plans are afoot to introduce some altera tions.

Hendry has been linked with a playing return, two years after retiring.

snooker’S Dafabet World Championship is set for a facelift, in plans to be announced next week.

The tournament at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre has been played under a format that has been barely changed since 1982.

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He also confirmed a decision will also be announced on the possibility of tour wild cards being afforded to veteran players such as Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry – a suggestion he floated earlier in the week.

” I’m going to discuss changing formats for next year’s World snooker Championship,” Hearn said yesterday as he explained his plans for the press conference.

Hearn has shed no further light on the upcoming developments, which will be announced in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.. There have been calls from play’ers including reigning world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to reduce the length of the 17-day tournament

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