ISLAMABAD - Pakistan squash sensation Farhan Zaman is quite optimistic about Pakistani players’ future in squash world.

Talking to The Nation on Monday, Farhan said: “There is not much difference between the world’s top players and Pakistani players but the only difference is exposure and world class diet, which we are lacking far behind. Another major difference between us is proper training facilities round the clock. They have not only trainers but also the services of physiatrists, which the players need the most after playing tough matches.”

He said he had equaled his last year PSA points and next month, when the PSA would issue fresh rankings. “I was at 98 in the PSA rankings while this year, I am sitting at 68 and by the end of the year, I will be among top 50 players. I have achieved these feats just because of personal interest of federation, head coach Jamshed Gul and my father Fakhar Zaman. Due to their sincere efforts and my hard training, I have managed to win in US, reached the final in the last event in Florida and also reached two semifinals in US,” he added.

He said the players preferred to visit US circuit just because of two major reasons. First, they got round the year tournaments and secondly, they got the services of highly-dedicated coaches, who worked for the promotion of the game and helped all the players in removing their flaws. “It is my humble request to the PSF to ensure all the top players must remain in the camps round the year and every top player must play against each other at least twice a month which will be very beneficial for them and the country in the years to come,” Farhan asserted.

“I have especially noticed that over in US, they have divided players into four categories A, B, C and D, which is doing wonders for them. I suggest the PSF to do the same as it will be in great interest of the players and will also help the federation in finding and grooming raw talent, who will learn a great deal while watching and playing alongside top professionals of the country,” he stated.

He said during the last two months, he had noticed that US was quite blessed that philanthropists were always ready to help out kids as they sponsor hefty amounts to provide maximum opportunities to their future hopes. “They also sponsor emerging players of different countries. They also offered me to bore all my expenses and provide me with best available coaches, if I decide to prolong my stay in the US. But I denied their offer saying I want to represent my country at international level and want to win laurels for it.”

“I know there are some financial difficulties the federation has been facing but I am hopeful they will soon get over that crunch period. I request multi-nationals, private sector, banking sector and others to lend a helping hand to the PSF and start sponsoring it as in reply, the federation will not disappoint them and will get due reward in a matter of time,” he added.

Farhan said he just returned and without wasting any time started training at Hashim Khan Squash Complex in Peshawar with his father Fakhar Zaman to prepare well for $15,000 Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) International Squash event is going to start in Karachi.

“The PSF can get desired results by investing on players. The top players should be sent for maximum PSA events as it will help the players in getting much-needed international exposure which will encourage and motivate them to deliver,” Farhan concluded.