ISLAMABAD: Pakistan squash great Jansher Khan questioned the country’s national academy’s contribution as he heavily criticised the poor performances of local players in the recently concluded Pakistan Open and CAS International Women Championship.
No Pakistani players made it to the quarter-final stage of the Pakistan Open with top-ranked Farhan Mehboob falling out in the first stage and the likes of Farhan Zaman, Ahsan Ayaz and Tayyab Aslam getting eliminated on the second day of the tournament only.
Jansher believed the reason behind the disastrous performances was that the Pakistan National Squash Academy (PNSA) was not producing enough quality.
“PNSA should be closed and Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) president Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman should ask for meticulous inquiry of the whole situation to learn about the root cause of the academy players’ failure,” Jansher, who won the World Open a record eight times and the British Open six times, said in a statement issued on Monday.
Jansher said the PNSA trained players should have put up a much better show considering the facilities that are installed in the academy.
The 48-year-old said earlier players used to qualify for quarter-finals and semi-finals in Professional Squash Association (PSA) tournaments, but after the establishment of the academy, there is no improvement in performances and even now players face exit in first round of tournaments.
However, Jansher appreciated the first ever staging of a 25,000 USD Women Championship in the country and regarded it as a welcome initiative for the success of Pakistan women squash.
He also expressed delight over the return of the 50,000 USD Pakistan Open after a decade. The world record holder also requested PSF to give due preference to Balochistan Squash Association, as it has been giving preference to other associations.
Jansher Khan also lauded the role of the PSF President for taking steps for betterment of the game in the country.
courtesy Dawn, December 26th, 2017