Pakistan’s squash legend and six-times World Open winner Jahangir Khan. — Twitter/PSL
KARACHI: Pakistan’s squash legend and six-time World Open winner, Jahangir Khan, has said that the efforts made by the private sector for the revival of squash in Pakistan are laudable, as he also believes that such collective efforts can help the country regain its lost glories in the game.
He expressed these views during a visit to PSF Jahangir Khan Squash Complex at National coaching Centre along with Combaxx Sports CEO Omar Saeed, and Sindh Squash Association President Adnan Asad.
Jahangir said that by providing up-to-date training and state-of-the-art squash courts, we can again produce those players who can become world-class.
He said that the work on the state-of-the-art Complex at NCC, for which the venue was provided by the PSB, is in the final stage of completion, and its formal inaugural is planned later this month at a grand ceremony.
“The construction work is being done in collaboration with American Business Council, and there are four squash courts in the complex, two of which are being laced with back-wall glass shields,” Jahangir said.
“Qualified coaches provide free training to players at this Complex which is purely aimed at promoting squash talent at grass-root level. The players who will be selected on a merit basis will also be given free education, food, and travel expenses inside the country, to enable them to pay equal attention to both education and sports,” he revealed.
Combaxx Sports CEO Omar Saeed recalled how Pakistan dominated squash like no other country in the world it ruled the sport for, the best part of as many as six decades.
He stated that Combaxx sports are making all efforts to support PSF and the provincial associations, so they can produce unbeatable players in squash once again, who can win laurels at the international level, and Combaxx will provide free tracksuits and kits to players and trainers at this Squash Academy.
Sindh Squash Association President Adnan Asad said that cameras are also installed in the squash courts here so that in-camera training will enable the coach to secure images of the players during training.
He also revealed that the images tracked on the cameras will help coaches to pinpoint players’ weaknesses, so they can rectify them.
He also added that a gymnasium and one more squash court are also a part of the future strategy. He also revealed about making a great academy in the country, which can help in producing talented squash players.