ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) is in a fix as non-availability of female players forced the federation to postpone the trials for the selection of Pakistan female team for the upcoming Asian Senior Women Team Squash Championship to be held in Hong Kong from June 10-15.

It is quite interesting that female players always complain about step-motherly treatment rendered to them by the federation. But this time, this matter was taken very seriously by PSF secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz and head coach Jamshed Gul Khan with PSF senior vice president Air Vice Marshal Syed Razi Nawab, who is also vice president of Asian Squash Federation (ASF). It was decided to give female squash top priority and Jamshed was especially assigned to impart training to them.

The camp of worth Rs 5 million started two months back in Peshawar, where male players got training at Hashim Khan Squash Complex. The camp was moved to Mushaf Ali Mir Squash Complex last month where top female players including Muqaddas Ashraf, Samia Shoukat, Madina Zafar, Saida Gul, Amna Latif, Riffat Khan and Roshna Mehboob were invited. Both Muqaddas and Saima left for UK, Madina left for Karachi, Sadia for Peshawar and the camp was reduced to just three players Riffat, Roshna and Amna. Zoya Khalid joined the camp a few days back, but she along with Roshna left for Lahore. Pakistan’s top player Sammer Anjum has finally joined the camp and now the PSF is left with only three female players, Riffat, Sammer and Amna.

It is pertinent to mention here that the federation has set trials for the selection of female team on April 30 but lack of interest and non-availability of female players forced the federation to cancel the trials till May 5, but for the third time, the PSF is left with no other option but to reschedule trials on May 11 as Pakistan No 1 player Muqaddas Ashraf will return on May 10 and there is possibility other females may turn up for the trials.