ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's top squash player Nasir Iqbal Khan has termed lack of competition behind his poor form in the PSA events abroad and requested Pakistan Squash Federation to ensure he stay abroad for at least a month and he would give results.

Talking to The Nation on Wednesday, Nasir said he was unbeaten at home since past four months but finds it very difficult to get much-needed match practice as junior players were not posing serious threat and challenge to him, which badly hampered my chances in PSA events.

“I had number of offers from international players including Egyptian Muhammad Abulghar, Ramey Ashore and world number 1 French player Grégory Gaultier, who watched my game and suggested to come and train alongside them. If federation wanted me to produce results and improve PSA rankings, then they should help me and ensure I could stay in Egypt for a month or in USA which are squash hub.

When asked about UK plan and weather it was workable or not, Nasir said he doesn’t think UK plan was competitive one as squash has long moved from UK. “It was a good decision by the federation not to go ahead with the proposed plan. There were too many hitches and it could have not served our purpose of getting competitive squash. It would be far better to base top players in Egypt or USA as all the top players of the past are currently available in the USA. It would be huge advantage of playing alongside big names and learn quickly.”

“I would strongly recommend federation should pick top 6 or 7 players including Aamir Atlas, Farhan Mehboob, Farhan Zaman, Danish Atlas, Tayyab Aslam and based us abroad. With training at home at home, we could never climb top rankings.”

He also supported the idea of a permanent national coach and said Faheem Gul was performing duties quite well. He requested the federation to give Faheem ample time to judge his performance.

He said he believes the top players should be given separate personal coaches like the other countries. “Other federations invest heavily on players and that is the main difference. I know the PSF is doing whatever they can, but private sector should also jump in and lend helping hand to federation. It is a noble cause and all the stake holders must join hands to take Pakistan squash back to old glory days.”

He said I know I had not performed well in the recent past as far as the PSA events are concerned.” I enjoyed winning position but all of a sudden I waste golden opportunities just like I did in Qatar and back home in CAS International event. But one could check I had played against top ranked players and my game was not below par but I made fatal mistakes. I played really well in Qatar Classic and went down fighting. Now I am working very hard and keeping close eyes on President Gold Cup.I know I had relatively easy path till the semifinals but now I am mentally and physically prepared for the big match. I would love to face Farhan Mehboob in the semifinals. But in case he fails to beat top seed Omar, I would be ready for him.”

“I know home support could play vital role. I urge squash lovers to turn up in numbers and support Pakistan players as their support would defiantly lift morals of players,” Nasir concluded.