PESHAWAR - Former world champion and Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) vice president Qamar Zaman attached players’ hard work with revival of Pakistan's lost glory in the world of squash.

Qamar said this while addressing the young talent during the kit distribution ceremony of the PSB Mohib Ullah Squash Academy here at PSB Coaching Center Friday. Director Sports PSB Coaching Center Mohib Ullah Khan, Academy coaches Pervez Ali, Shehzad Mohib and trainer Adil Khan, former Pakistan hockey team goalkeeper Abdur Rauf, players and a large number of spectators were also present there.

Legendry Qamar has also outlined a new plan which he hopes will spark a revival of the sport in Pakistan but the lost glory can only be achieved unless and until the players do hard work. "We have to do much more to turn that around," said Qamar. "The talent is there and all players who are currently holding top position in the national ranking are not used to hard work as we do in our time," he added.

Qamar said now focus has been given to train and coach the youngsters through academies. He also lauded the decision of Jansher Khan’s appointment as adviser to the PSF president. "Hopefully things would go on right track," he added.

He also appreciated the keen interest taken by PSB Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera and PSB Director Sports Coaching Center and former World No 2 Mohib Ullah. He also appreciated two coaches Pervez Ali and Shehzad Mohib and trainer Adil Khan who work hard for training and coaching the players associated with the academy.

During the 20th century, Pakistan produced seven British Open champions in years when it was usually regarded as the world's top tournament. "I believe we still have the talent to make great squash players," he asserted. "It's a question of getting the resources and the organization together to make use of it. We can provide help to our young talent to do well again. But squash is a full-time job now and you need a very professional attitude. That's what we really need to develop," he added.

At the end, Qamar Zaman distributed kits among Ghulam Muhammad, Ibrahim Mohib Khan, Khurshal Riaz Khan, Talha Junaid, Humam Ahmad, Jawad Khan, Hamad Khan, Bilal Sijjad, Mutahir Ali Shah, Waleed Khan, Fahad Sharif and Abu Zar.