ISLAMABAD - Farhan Zaman will take on Scottish Alan Clyne in the first qualifying round match of the $115,000 Tournament of Champions on late Wednesday night.

Talking to The Nation from New York, Farhan Zaman said: “I have arrived a bit earlier to prepare for the biggest tournament of my career so far. I have never played in such a high-profile event before and I am very grateful to Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), head coach Jamshed Gul and my employers Pakistan Air Force (PAF) for providing me with the air ticket and bearing my expenses as without their active support, it was impossible for me to travel to US and fulfill my dream of playing alongside the world’s best players. I will not let down the PSF and the nation and try my best to achieve the first task of reaching the final qualifying round, which will be held today (Thursday) and then book a berth in the main round.”

Farhan further said: “I know the task is not an easy one as Alan is one of the world’s top player and currently World No 25 and much experienced than me but I have trained very hard in Pakistan and I am confident that I will give him a real tough time. “During my last visit in US and Canada, I have played against top quality players, which helped me a lot in overcoming minor flaws in my game,” he added.

He said that he was not feeling well ever since he had returned to Pakistan and played the last CNS event without any preparation or physical training. “If I manage to beat Alan, I will play final qualifying round match against Malaysian opponent, who is also ranked in top 30. My very first task is to win the first qualifying round match, then to tackle the next opponent and to play in the main round.” Expressing his utter disappointment over not to move up in the PSA rankings, despite sharing equal points to the guy, who is occupying World No 51 spot, he had written to the PSA and asked them to clarify why his ranking were not changed. “Despite having finished a very successful previous year and finished on same points with the World No 51 player, I don’t understand the point system, when I get the reply then I will seek further advice on the issue,” Farhan concluded.