Cao lost his tour card at the end of the 2015/16 season but bounced straight back, reclaiming his place at Q School event 1 beating Joe Roberts 4-0 in the final round.
Cao’s best career run to date was at the 2012 World Championship where he had a fine tournament, beating Mark Allen on his way to the last 16 where he was eventually knocked out by Ryan Day.
He also had a notable run in the 2013 Wuxi Classic, where he reached the quarter-final after beating the likes of Michael White, Barry Hawkins and Ben Woollaston.
Cao is based in Romford and is known as Eric in the UK.
He qualified for the pro tour for the first time by winning the 2011 Asian Under-21 Championship. He beat Hossein Vafaei in the final.