World Snooker bosses have reacted to news that Essex player Ali Carter has been diagnosed with lung cancer by freezing his ranking.
In a statement the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association said:
Following the recent announcement regarding Ali Carter's current illness, both the WPBSA and World Snooker would like to make it clear that Ali's current standing as a player will not suffer in relation to an extended period of time away from the tour.
Further details will be released once Ali has completed his course of chemotherapy and wants to return to competition. We all look forward to welcoming Ali back to the World Snooker Tour in the not too distant future.
Two-time World Championship runner-up Ali Carter broke the news two weeks ago.
The 34-year-old from Chelmsford will undergo an intensive course of chemotherapy.
Carter, who suffers from Crohn's disease, last year recovered from testicular cancer to resume his career.
He tweeted his reaction to the news.
Great news that @worldsnooker1 is freezing my ranking whilst I beat this horrible disease. I can concentrate all my efforts on just that
And I cannot wait to be back playing again. Many thanks to everyone involved.