Former World Snooker champion Ken Doherty has been awarded an invitational tour card to retain his place on the professional circuit for the next two years. 

Doherty, who will turn 51 in September, finished the 2019-20 season ranked 68th in the world, outside the top-64 who automatically retain their card for the following year. 

At the weekend, he finished runner-up in the World Seniors Championship, losing the final 5-4 to Jimmy White. 

World Snooker Tour chairman Barry Hearn said that Doherty remained "extremely competitive" on the professional tour.

"Ken has been a fabulous servant to snooker over the past three decades, as a player, ambassador and television commentator. He is a fantastic asset to the tour and his love of our sport is undiminished. He is also extremely competitive on the pro tour. We are delighted to give him this chance to remain as a World Snooker Tour player for another two years."

Doherty's most recent victory at a ranking event arrived at the 2006 Malta Cup, though the pinnacle of his career is unquestionably his win at the 1997 World Championship.