ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Squash Federation is in deep slump, as all the other Asian nations had well prepared their players for the important events. PSF is playing mind games, instead of starting the training camp for the players at least two-months back, federation is still thinking about whether to start camp or not and where, secretary and other staff is busy in preparing data for SVP Air Vice Marshal Syed Razi Nawab, who would depart to UK along with Qmar Zaman to participate in meeting with PSA CEO.
Federation had earlier decided to start training camp for the players in early December. Then it was announced the camp would finally start from 14th of this month and that too at the out of fashion Hashim Ali Khan courts of Peshawar but despite giving date one after another, federation yet to announce the camp. Number of players while talking to this correspondent had shown their reservations about participating in the camp if the federation decides to start the camp in Peshawar, but just to save few bucks federation is insisting on starting the camp in Peshawar.
When this correspondent finally managed to meet PSF secretary Group Captian Amir Nawaz, he said: “We are busy in collecting details for Air Marshal Razi Nawab's proposed meeting with PSA CEO.” It is quite interesting the meeting would be not more than hardly 30 minutes or so and federation is spending huge national kitty on that meeting but on the other hand, important mega events such as Asian Team championship, Junior World Cup, Commonwealth Games and other prestigious events are round the corner but federation didn't have time and money for those high-profile events.
Interestingly, head coach Jamshed Gul is posted in Peshawar for the last one-month or so for starting training camp and is still waiting the camp to get started. Federation had already wasted too much precious time on thinking and taking permission from the top brass. Who would be responsible if Pakistan doesn't manage to defend their Asian Senior Team event title? All the other Asian teams had started training soon after the Asian Senior Individual Squash Championship held way back in May last year in Islamabad and now they had almost capped their training camps.
Another interesting thing to note here is the national rankings issued by the PSF. After going through the list it was clearly witnessed there were too many flaws in the ranking system adopted by the federation. Nasir is now number 1 ranked player of the country, followed by Farhan Zaman in the second, Amir Atlas in third, Danish in fourth but the most notable absentee in the top list is the name of former national champion and world number 14 Farhan Mehboob's name, who was according to PSF. is sitting at number 7. A great joke with a player of Farhan's caliber, who had just win CNS International held in Karachi. Tayyab Aslam, who had not won a single PSA event somehow managed to leap frog seasoned Farhan Mehboob.
Inside sources in the federation had confirmed to this correspondent that persons sitting in the federation don't even now the ABC of ranking system. The matter of the fact is this issue of grave importance was handed over to a person who doesn't know the meaning of squash, rather than preparing rankings.
PSF had made lot of tall claims regarding taking back Pakistan squash back to old glory days. But in reality they had done nothing significant for the past many months. All the recent glories of Pakistani players in the PSA events attribute to exceptional coaching of Jamshed Gul and it had nothing to do with the federation. They are just reaping the benefits and terming all the recent success due to their efforts, which is not more than a day dreaming. If things continue in same fashion there is every possibility that Pakistan squash would only be remembered in history books. PSF president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt is the only ray of hope for the players and his timely action could safe Pakistan squash.