ISLAMABAD-A four-member Pakistan squash team left for Chinese Taipei on late Sunday night to feature in the 18th Asian Senior Squash Team Championship starting from tomorrow (Wednesday).

Seeded-second Pakistan team is the defending champion and placed in Pool B along with Singapore and Sri Lanka. Hong Kong is top seed and placed in Pool A along with Qatar and Iraq while Malaysia is seeded third and placed in Pool C along with Korea, hosts Chinese Taipei and Bangladesh, while a India is seeded fourth and placed in Pool D along with Japan, Philippines and Macau, China.

Pakistan chances of defending title look highly bleak especially in the absence of top player Nasir Iqbal, who is barred from playing in any international or even exhibition match by the WSF and the PSA until he gets clearance from dope test.

Pakistan team has successfully managed defend the Asian Seniors title for two times in running first in 2012 and then again in 2014, but now Pakistan’s chances of retaining the title rests on the shoulders of Farhan Zaman, Tayyab Aslam and Farhan Mehboob. Hong Kong team looks favourites to grab the title, as it has three top class players while Indian team’s hopes suffered a huge dent as top player Saurav Ghosal is still nursing his injury, and he looks highly unlikely to represent his country. But if he gets rid of injury and joins the Indian squad, it will give huge boost to the Indian team.

Pakistan team comprises Farhan Zaman, Tayyab Aslam, Farhan Mehboob and Israr Ahmed while Faheem Gul is coach and Group Captain Amir Nawaz, who is also PSF honorary secretary, is the manager of the team.