Legendary and squash wizard Jansher Khan Tuesday urged the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) to invest on young talented players to restore the past glory of the sports.
Talking to media men legendary squash player who won the British Open World Championship for record six times, said the Pakistan Squash team suffered humiliating defeats against Egypt and Switzerland teams in the WSF World Team Squash Championship played in Marseille in France.
He attributed the poor performance of the players to lack of proper concentration on the game and not doing required hard work to compete at the international level. The players were only on joyride rather to give due concentration on the game.
He said that Pakistan Squash No.1 player Farhan Mehboob was not sent to the tournament whose presence in the team would have made a difference and benefited the team.
He said that Farhan Mehboob was the most experienced and talented young player among the present lot but he was ignored in the tour.
He said the performance of the players sent to the tournament was not up to the mark and let the team down in the tournament. “Investing on such players is waste of tax payers’ money,” he went on to say. Jansher, who won World Team Squash Championship and World Open Individual for the record eight times, said that Pakistan ranked 19th in the 25th World Team Squash Championship which was very disappointing for the countrymen and for Pakistan, a country rules the world of squash a record 37 years.
He said that Pakistan produced champions in squash and ruled the game for years but now Pakistan lagging behind even its archrival India who finished 7th in the tournament.
“India has not achieved much in the game of squash but it still performed well than that of Pakistan in the Championship which is shocking for us,” he added.
He asked the PSA to invest on young players instead of relying on the senior ones. “We invested a lot on the senior players but they cannot make any progress or improved their skills.—APP