Stuart Bingham disagrees with Neil Robertson’s call for second Crucible at World Championship

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Stuart Bingham disagrees with Neil Robertson’s call for second Crucible at World Championship
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Stuart Bingham does not share Neil Robertson’s view that a ‘second Crucible’ would enhance the World Snooker Championship spectacle, writes Ben Parsons.

Debate is rife over whether the tournament should move away from the sport’s spiritual home of 46 years, with Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy among the players to call for change.

Tournament favourite Robertson, who defeated debutant Ashley Hugill 10-5 to book his second-round spot, insists snooker’s blue-riband event should remain in Sheffield.

The Australian believes every player deserves to enjoy centre stage and has suggested a second venue in the Steel city to replicate Wimbledon, rather than dealing with the ‘cramped conditions’ of a two-table layout.

“I’d just like to expand the tournament as Sheffield has so much to offer, and maybe you could have two Crucible venues that are very equal,” Robertson said after defeating Hugill.

“And I think that would involve having a second venue in the city with maybe the same 1,000 capacity and also just one table.

“The World Championship should be the biggest event from the start, not from the semi-finals.

“If you were looking at changes, maybe like with Wimbledon where you have Centre Court and Court One, we could have everyone on show.

“That way everyone gets to be on a one-table set-up, that would be an amazing tournament to have and keep the event in Sheffield with the original building and all the tradition."

Bingham booked his place in the second round by overcoming Chinese qualifier Lyu Haotian 10-5.

The 2015 champion so often saves his best form for the Sheffield showpiece after a semi-final visit last year.

And he believes the beloved venue does not need to be altered to boost the event.

Asked if he agreed with Robertson, Bingham said: “No, not really. I don’t know if they could make it a little bit bigger.

“There were a couple of times with the little table where I knocked Lyu Haotian’s water over.

“I don’t know if they could put that somewhere else but it is what it is. That’s what makes the Crucible theatre until the semi-final one table set-up.

“Neil loves walking in on the shot so he prefers a wider venue but that might be the reason why he has never done as much as he should have here.

“Sometimes it’s cramped but most of the time it’s all good so leave it as it is. If it’s not broken don’t fix it."

Bingham was on-song as he made eight runs of over 50 in the first round, including an impressive tournament high-break of 140.

He faces a fascinating round of 16 match against either Kyren Wilson and Ding Junhui.

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