Jansher Khan is optimistic about future of Squash in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Jansher Khan, the squash legend, believes that the next generation of squash players are talented enough to bring back the glory to Pakistan in next few years.

The former champion told APP that there is a fair size of pool of talented players in squash academies, “It is heartening to note that now we’ve a good number of youngsters in our squash academies. The way they are showing interest in squash and being trained, I’m sure we will reclaim our status in squash within the next two to three years.”

Jansher recalls that the fitness of Pakistani players have been their strength in the past when they ruled the squash fraternity.

“I’ve been constantly stating that talent-wise our players are far superior to other squash-playing nations but when it comes to fitness they lag behind. However, the steps taken by Pakistan Squash Federation president Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman have given our squash a new direction,” said Jansher.

He believes that players are being provided with the best of facilities and they are working hard to improve their fitness and game as well.

“The academies have been set up for aspiring youngsters in different cities. I’m also assisting Pakistan Air Force Academy in Peshawar, where around 32 players from different age groups are being groomed,” he said.

“I have watched our youngsters in action; they have an effective style of playing. I also note them working hard to improve their game as well as fitness level. These are the factors that can lift our squash to glory once again,” said Jansher, who is also the adviser to the PSF president.

Jansher Khan had a glorious career which comprise of eight World Open titles and six British Open titles and four Super Series titles during the span of 1987 to 1997.