ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) self-styled policies continued unabated as the persons sitting in the federation have been enjoying unprecedented support of the PSF president despite being super flops.

PSF senior vice president and secretary look all set to deprive Pakistan of another title, as it seems Pakistan will lose the Asian Senior Individual Squash title too after shameful defeats in Asian Games, where Pakistan team was champion, but failed to go beyond quarterfinals and then Asian Junior Team Championship title despite picking the best teams which had services of Tayyab Aslam, Syed Ali Mujtaba Bokhari, who failed to retain title and lost to U-17 Malaysian team.

Now once again, PSF secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz is all set to conduct trials for the selection of two players to represent the country in the Asian Senior Individual Squash Championship scheduled to be held in Kuwait in May. A so-called training camp was also established at Mushaf Mir Squash Complex under Faheem Gul Khan, which is just wastage of time and money as top guns like Aamir Atlas, Pakistan No 1 Farhan Mehboob and Danish Atlas refused to attend the camp until previous promises made to them would be fulfilled.

Instead of paying heed to their genuine demands and resolve the long-standing issue, Amir invited unknown players with only exception of Nasir Iqbal, who also brought with him his brother Tahir Iqbal and Farhan Zaman, while all the other players in the camp are of no use. Now the federation has enough money released by the government in shape of special grant, so they have started wasting money on with both hands.

The PSF kept on insisting Aamir, Farhan and Danish to attend the trials, but it is unfair to force the country’s top players like Farhan, Danish and Aamir Atlas, Asian champion, to attend trials. It seems the PSF secretary has made up his mind to punish Aamir and Farhan for speaking truth and stand for the justice, but he completely ignored the fact that the absence of players like Aamir, Farhan and Danis, it will be impossible for Pakistan team to win the title and in this war of egos, the ultimate losers will be none other than the country and the squash lovers.

It is high time when PSF president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt should take the decision in the best interest of the country and squash before signing off and show the door to incompetent secretary and SVP. If Aamir and Farhan Mehboob are deprived of representing the country in the Asian Senior Squash just because of so-called trials and Pakistan fail to retain the title, the PSF and its chief will be responsible for the entire episode.

Talking to The Nation, frustrated Aamir said: “I am deeply hurt with the behavior of the federation, as they are not ready to pay heed to the ground realities. I am a proven stuff, and my unmatched records speak themselves. I don't need to prove anything, as it was I who won the Asian title after a gap of 15 years, but no one bothered to recognise my efforts, and instead of bucking me up and investing on me, I was totally ignored and cornered.”

“I made several requests to the PSF to help me take part in the PSA events, which will me take giant strides in the PSA rankings and winning laurels for the country, just like I did in the past but all those requests were given deaf ears. The federation has been investing heavily on some players and the results is nothing, had such benefits were provided to me and other deserving ones, the situation could have been far different,” he added.

“It is my humble request to PSF president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt to provide me justice. I had time and again requested the federation to exempt me from trials for the Asian Games, but no heed was paid and now same is the case for Asian Senior Squash as I am working very hard, training for hours and deserve exemption from trials. I am ready to serve the country, but I demand due respect and hope the PSF president will listen to my genuine complaints and provide justice to me,” Aamir concluded.

When this scribe contacted PSF secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz, he replied: “No one is above sports. The last championship was held two years back, and now many things have changed. It is compulsory for all the players to appear in the trails, as it was executive committee decision.”

He refused to comment on coach’s performance and said: “We have hired two physical trainers as well. Nasir and Farhan Zaman are training hard and I am quite hopeful they will perform well, if Aamir and others didn't appear in trials.”