ISLAMABAD - Pakistan No 1 squash player Farhan Mehboob crushed Shahjahan Khan 3-0 in just 30 minutes in the $15,000 Challenger 15 11th Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Squash championship quarterfinal at Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex, Karachi on Sunday.

Farhan started the match on a very fast pace and won the first game 11-7 and took the second game with same margin of 11-7. Farhan wrapped up the third game 11-4 and won the encounter in only 30 minutes and set semi-final date with top seed Nasir Iqbal.

In the second quarterfinal, top seed Nasir Iqbal edged out former Pakistan No 1 Tayyab Aslam. Nasir won the match 11-6, 11-9, 11-7. In the third quarterfinal, Danish Atlas Khan outclassed Khawaja Adil Maqbool 3-0 in just 27 minutes, as the score was 14-12, 11-7, 11-5, while in the fourth and last quarterfinal, Sh Saqib registered victory against Aamir Atlas Khan, who was hampered by right leg hamstring. Sh Saqib won the encounter 11-9, 11-5, 5-1.

Talking to The Nation, Aamir said: "I just took risk as after playing five-game match, I tore my hamstring and situation was not good, but I decided to compete as I don’t want to bow down without even playing. I was playing with just one leg, but after two tough games, it was almost impossible for me to even stand, so sensing the situation, I decided to quit and the match was awarded to Saqib, who will take on Danish in the second semi-final today (Monday).

It was quite strange that Farhan Mehboob, despite being the No 1 player of the country, was not given any seeding by the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), while in the past when Tayyab Aslam was No 1 player of the country, he was given over the moon protocol. The PSF’s dual standard and double policies had destroyed Pakistan squash over the years and ever since current secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz and senior vice president Air Vice Marshal (R) Syed Razi Nawab have taken helm of the affairs, Pakistani players are on consistent decline in the PSA rankings and no one else but these two are responsible for the whole saga. The arrogant secretary has no squash background and continuing with his self-styled policies. Now all the players have pinned high hopes on new president Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.

How on earth would it be possible for player like Farhan Zaman to compete against the best of Asia in the Asian Senior Individual Squash Championship, when he can't beat ordinary players and bow out form the PSA events at the very first hurdle? The players have appealed to the PSF president to conduct a detailed internal inquiry against the SVP and secretary and prevent them from inflecting huge damages on the country as Aamir Atlas has won the prestigious Asian Senior title after a gap of 15 years, but under current circumstances, it looks almost impossible that Nasir or Farhan Zaman can defend the title in Kuwait. It is hoped in the best interest of the country, the PSF president will use his powers and reject Amir Nawaz’s team and pick bests like Farhan Mehboob and Aamir Atlas.