ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has been given rights to hold US$15,000 to US$24,999 prize money tournaments by the Professional Squash Association (PSA).

Talking to The Nation on Tuesday, PSF secretary Abdul Wahab Marwat said this and added: “Under the leadership of PSF president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, the federation has been given rights for holding of international tournaments.”

He said this major decision was conveyed by the PSA chief executive officer Alex Gough to the PSF on Tuesday. “This will greatly help in improving the world ranking of Pakistani players in the days to come.”

He said with the prevailing law and order situation in the country since 2009, the PSF was unfortunately restricted to hold only four PSA tournaments every year with US$10,000 prize money each. “Now with the increase in level of tournaments, the participating Pakistani players will be able to earn more points towards their international rankings through playing at home courts. This has been materialised after lot of efforts and support by the squash legends Qamar Zaman, Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan,” he said.

“Our recent achievements like winning gold medal in Asian Senior team championship 2012 in Kuwait, gold medal in Asian Masters 2012 at Lahore, silver medal in World Junior team championship 2012 at Doha, gold medal in Asian Junior Team Championship 2013 at Korea, gold medal in Asian Senior Individual Championship 2013 at Islamabad and recent gold medal in Asian Junior Individual Championship 2013 at Jordan along with winning the vice president's election by AVM Syed Razi Nawab in the Asian Squash Federation have also proved supportive for the PSA in taking decision in favour of the PSF,” the PSF secretory added.

“The federation extends lot of appreciation and thanks to the Professional Squash Association board for their support to Pakistan Squash. It is expected that sanctioning of high-priced PSA tournaments to Pakistan will go a long way to further strengthen the game of squash in the country,” Marwat concluded.