ISLAMABAD - Squash legend Jansher Khan, who is assisting Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), has hoped that Pakistan can once again rule the world of squash.

Talking to The Nation on Monday, Jansher said: “The Asian junior individual squash championship title won by Israr Ahmed shows Pakistan squash is on right track.”

Jansher, a record 10-time world champion, won eight times World Open and also won six British Open titles, said: “PSF president Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, invited all the former legends to join hands for the improvement of the game. This shows eagerness of the president for the promotion of the game as he is very keen to regain lost squash glory. We all agreed because we, the former legends, are responsible for future of this sport.”

The former player felt that the youngsters lacked passion and dedication, which, he believed, key to success. “We used to practice four hours, but youngster nowadays lack fitness, which holds the key and I believe our players are probably utilizing 20 percent of their fitness currently. The squash federation has been providing better facilities and supporting players well, and we also have the best talent but need of the hour is to groom them and provide them better opportunities and guide them well which can help them earn laurels for the country.”

Being advisor to PSF president, Jansher said: “We will also work on senior players but our main focus is junior players, who will represent Pakistan in future. I am happy with the fact that PSF president Air Chief Sohail Aman knows much about sports and squash and takes keen interest in squash activities, which is vital for squash promotion. The players must take full advantage from it and prove their mettle by winning title in international events.”