ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) senior vice president Air Vice Marshal Syed Razi Nawab will leave for UK to meet with Players Squash Association (PSA) CEO Alex Gough in Leeds, UK.

In an exclusive interview with The Nation on Saturday, Razi, who is also the vice president of Asian Squash Federation (ASF), said: “I am very grateful to the PSA for giving the PSF an opportunity to express our point of view and it will help bridge gap between international body and the federation. I will request former legends Qamar Zaman and great Jahangir Khan to accompany me during the meeting, as both of them enjoy tremendous respect and are great ambassadors of the country so their presence will be a great boost for our cause.”

“It will be my utmost priority to firstly convince the PSA to allocate two $25,000 and same number $15,000 tournaments to Pakistan, instead of two $10,000 events. Secondly, the top most priority will be to urge the PSA to lift negative advice to players for traveling to Pakistan which is a safe country to hold international events in a befitting way,” he added.

When this scribe asked Razi about the fate of coach Jamshed Gul, Razi replied: “Jamshed is a skilled and qualified who not only changed the fortunes of Pakistan squash but also eager to help the country in earning more laurels and past squash glory. He must be offered new contract, but he also has to deliver and carve out results. This year is very important for Pakistan squash as four significant events to be held in May to October.”

Razi further said: “Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is shouldering the lime share of financial burden of the federation for the past 60 years or so. Without PAF help, we can't even think about surviving alone so sending players for much-needed international events or conducting camps are a far cry. It is unfair and unjust demand of some certain quarters who want PAF to part ways with the federation as it will crash within no time, if PAF stops their unconditional support.”

“I have requested to PSF president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt to help the federation like he has done many times and take our case to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. We have requested PM to allocate Rs 70 million for the game. If the government sanctions this sum, it is my promise that we will climb back to the top of the squash world once again. We need funds to conduct training camps and to send top players for the PSA events. We will soon arrange a camp at Mushaf Ali Mir Squash Complex and top players of the country will be invited in it under national coach Jamshed Gul,” he asserted.

“I once again request all the former greats to join hands with the PSF to help it regaining past glory,” Razi concluded.