Pakistan squash team, which reached France on Saturday, had a very good practice session before their first match against Russia in the World Squash Team Championship, which commences today (Sunday). Pakistan squash team has the services of Farhan Mahboob, Nasir Iqbal, Farhan Zaman and Sh Saqib, while Jamshed Gul is the head coach and PSF secretary is accompanying the team as manager.

Talking to The Nation on Saturday from France, Jamshed said the boys’ morale was sky high and fortunately, Pakistan had a relatively easy first match against Russia. He was quite confident that his players would come up on top and win this tie with utmost ease and comfort.

He said the real test of boys would start against Netherlands and France. “If boys managed to control their emotions and play their natural game, the matches are ours to lose. Although France and Netherlands have some quality players in their ranks, but our team is also an experienced one. Farhan Mahboob has a vast experience and he is a very cool and calm customer. If he starts well and maintained his composure, Pakistan has a very bright and realistic chance of progressing in the event. Nasir Iqbal and Farhan Zaman are also very good and had played in PSA events recently. So we have a balanced squad. I believe in on court performances.”

When this scribe asked Jamshed how much the team and country would miss the services of Aamir Atlas in the event, Jamshed said Aamir was Pakistan’s top player and they would love to have him here but unfortunately he was not fit. “Even though Aamir is not here but still we have bright chances of progressing in the championship. If things go in the right direction, I am confident we will at least play the semifinals and you never know we may not only play the final but can also go on to win this prestigious event,” Jamshed concluded.