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    Sad state of Squash in Pakistan

    The demise of squash in Pakistan has been very painful for squash lovers. Right now, the highest ranking Pakistani is Amjad Khan seeded 34th, who is the nephew of ex champ, Jansher Khan.

    Its easy to lay the blame on the PSF, but at the same time, I think in order to maintain a high level of excellence in a sport, the seniors of the game have to play their part in encouraging and highlighting their juniors in different ways. Jahangir Khan was a professional in every sense of the word, and did his part in promoting his colleagues and his juniors. I believe that was the main reason why Pakistan had as many as 5 or 6 players in the top 10 during the mid to late 80s. But when Jahangir retired and Jansher took over the torch, the efforts faded. Jansher was more inclined towards popularity and riches, and did not make the efforts that would be expected of a player of his caliber. His attitude has been selfish on many occasions. Recently he refused entry in the Pakistan Open championship, citing his self imposed retirement. While noone expects him to come in and win the tournament after such a long layoff, one can certainly expect him to come in and provide a much needed boost to the sport, as far as popularity and ratings go. But alas, once again, the sport is in the hands of mediocre players as Amjad Khan and Zarak Jahan Khan.

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