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15/07/2004
Jansher: Squash in Pakistan is dead

Former World Champion Jansher Khan sees little hope of Pakistan retaining their World Junior Team title next month in Islamabad ...

jansher - squash in pakistan is dead Former World Champion Jansher Khan believes it will be difficult for Pakistan to retain their World Junior team title when the championships take place in Islamabad next month. If fact, the situation is so bad that Pakistan's Dawn Online carried the headline "Squash in Pakistan is dead: Jansher".

Jansher Khan"Our junior players are over-aged and do not stand much chance of doing well at the championship," Jansher told Dawn in a telephone interview. "The Egyptians and the English players are really good and it would not be therefore right to pin hopes on our boys."

The World Junior Championships start on Aug 17 with several participating countries, including Pakistan, having already named their squads for the team and individual events.

"Squash in Pakistan is dead and unless the officials of the national federation change their policies, we will not be able to win anything,"  said Jansher, urging Pakistan's squash managers to concentrate on younger players.  "It is time for the Pakistan Squash Federation to concentrate on boys aged between seven and eight and groom them over a period of three or four years."

Jansher, who won eight World Open and six British Open titles, was not optimistic about the prospects for Pakistani players reaching the top twenty. "We need good coaches for tenures of say one year and if they do not produce results they should be shown the door."  Junior coach, Rehmat Khan, he said has been coaching for some years now but there has been no improvement. "With such being the state of affairs, I do not see any Pakistani player making the top 20 in the years to come."

Jansher called upon the PSF to seek guidance from and use the services of former players like himself and Jahangir Khan. "We have spent our best years in squash and we know what the game is all about. I feel bad because having done so much for Pakistan, the federation has always ignored me."

He asked the PSF not to mind his press statements, which at times were "very harsh". "I keep pointing to the flaws that exist just because I sincerely want to see squash flourish in the country."

Original story from Dawn

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