ISLAMABAD - The 11th Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Squash Championship will be held from April 9 to 14 with qualifying round starts today (Tuesday) at Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex Karachi.

The round matches will commence on April 11 and before that, there will be qualifier and pre-qualifier matches. More than a dozen international and national Pakistani players are participating in the event which comprises four rounds.

 Nasir Iqbal is the top seed and Pakistan No 1 Farhan Mehboob is defending champion, while Asian individual squash champion Aamir Atlas and UAE-based Aamir Malik and US-based Shahjehan Khan, son of Zarak Jaehan Khan, will also be seen in action.

The first CNS International Squash Championship was conducted in 2000 with $6000 prize money which, over the years, was also increased, and this year, it is $15,000, thereby designating the tournament as Challenger 15.

Pakistan Navy has been continuously working to promote sports events in the country especially squash in which Pakistan has achieved most success with strong domination lasting for almost five decades. Constructing Pakistan's largest world-class squash facility at Karachi is purely out of Navy's love for the game. The squash complex is dedicated to two legendary squash champions, Roshan Khan and Jahangir Khan. Admiral YH Malik inaugurated this majestic complex with seven courts on June 19, 1991.

Pakistan Navy has since contributed significantly in promotion of squash in the country. Behind this tournament stands Navy's futuristic planning and unremitting commitment to promote squash at all levels.