Jansher urges PSF to invest in talent hunt programmes

Islamabad—Squash Legend Jansher Khan on Thursday urged the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) to invest in the talent hunt programmes of players instead of holding big prize money tournaments.
According to a report published in a national daily, PSF senior vice president Air Vice Marshal (R) Syed Razi Nawab had said that the Egyptians players will face Pakistanis in the $40,000 prize money event in April in Karachi.
He said PSF had hired the services of Salman Butt, who was also behind Pakistan Super League (PSL), to help it generate Rs 20 million funds to conduct the high-prize PSA events.
Talking to APP, Jansher, who had won the World Open a record eight times, and the British Open six times, said the PSF should organize talent hunt programmes instead of generating money for tournaments. “Currently there is no player that can match the likes of Jahangir Khan, Qamar Zaman or me,” he said.
Jansher, who had won a total of 99 professional titles, said Peshawar is the hub of squash talent and PSF should hold under 12 and 16 talent hunt programs there to dig out the talented youth. “Besides Peshawar, talent hunt programs should also be held in other major cities of Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad,” he said adding then PSF should hold under 12 and 16 tournaments to polish the players and groom them for international level.
The lanky Jansher, who had been ranked World No. 1 for over 10 years, said these types of talent-hunt programs will benefit more than the big prize money tournaments.
Speaking about Nasir Iqbal and Farhan Zaman’s participation in British Open, He said they both are good players “but we should not pin any high expectations from them in the event.—APP

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