ISLAMABAD  - Pakistan Squash team head coach Jamshed Gul and Pakistan’s top player Nasir Iqbal will reach home today after participating in the 35th World Open Squash Championship in Manchester, UK, whereas other member of Pakistan team Farhan Mehboob, had already returned.
While talking to The Nation from UK, Gul said he was satisfied with Nasir’s progress in the event. “Although Nasir lost in the first round but one must keep in mind that he had to face the world number 5 Karim Darwish of Egypt. Nasir had no previous experience of playing against world’s elite group of players and it was a very good learning experience for him. He will learn quickly but it also shows that he needs more PSA events to get used to playing at the highest level.”
Gul said he would work with the player to help him get mental and physical toughness and Nasir would return as a better player next time. He also vowed to meet the PSF officials to request them to make arrangements for not only Nasir but other players also to participate in maximum number of PSA events.
He said Nasir was the future of Pakistan squash and had already shown his potential and could become a top player in years to come, but to achieve this goal, he needs to be provided with sufficient training round the year and maximum PSA events.
While speaking about Farhan Mehboob, Jamshed said Farhan needed to work hard on his fitness and attitude. “He is by all means a world class stuff and had taste the success in the past but it is his attitude and sometimes careless commitment, which costs him dearly.”
The top players of the world had met with Farhan and had urged him to focus on his game. They wanted to see him in the elite group of players as they are fully aware of his capabilities. Farhan had promised to work hard on his mental and physical fitness and not to repeat such careless attitude again,” Jamshed concluded.