ISLAMABAD - Awesome Farhan Mehboob ousted compatriot and 4th seed Farhan Zaman 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the $25,000 12th Chief of the Naval Staff International Squash Championship 2016 here at Mushaf Squash Complex Thursday.

It was arguably again a highly disappointing day for local crowd as Mehboob is the only representative of the host nation left in the event. Tayyab Aslam made soft exit in quarterfinals as he was hammered by Egyptian Zahed Mohamed 3-1 in the other quarterfinal. It left a lot of questions needed to be answered by Pakistan Squash Federation as in the absence of competitive and full-time coach Pakistan players are struggling to compete with the international players.

The refreeing in the event is also not up to the mark and a highly controversial referee M Fayyaz, whose dubious decisions always costs local players dearly, has been also hired. He made a number of dubious calls in the Farhan Mehboob/Farhan Zaman match and even great Jahangir Khan, who was sitting in the match, was surprised to see number of mistakes committed by Fayyaz. The PSF should have involved senior referees Mehboob Khan and Asif Khan but it seems the PSF secretary’s personal liking and disliking has to final say.

It was a delight to watch Mehboob in full flow as he was just toying with Zaman, who looked a meagre spectator in the entire match. Mehboob wasted very little time to seal the fate of the first game 11-7 in just 8 minutes. But some highly questionable decisions made by referee Fayyaz cost Mehboob second game and Zaman took the second game 11-9. Zaman was enjoying comfortable 4-1 lead in the third game but Mehboob changed gears and first level the score at 4-4 and then went onto win the game 11-5 in 7 minutes. It was Mehboob who was in supreme control in the 4th game as he was serving for the match at 10-5. But Zaman showed some fighting skills and saved two match points before Mehboob sealed the fate of the game and match 11-7 in 9 minutes and set up semi-final clash against top seed Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid.

World no 28 Omar defeated world no 96 Youssef Soliman 3-1 in 29 minutes. Soliman surprisingly took the first game 11-4 in 7 minutes but top seed Omar bounced back to take the second game 11-8 in 14 minutes and Omar was awarded third game 11-0 as conduct warning and then game was awarded to Omar as Soliman wasted too much time.

He hurt his left hand finger and was given 3 minutes injury break but blood kept pouring out. He was given further 90 seconds to stop the blood but Soliman used delaying tactics, which forced centre referee Tahir Khanzada to issue conduct warning and awarded game to Omar. Omar comfortably won the 4th game 11-4 in 8 minutes to enter in another semi-final in Pakistan, which is always a happy-hunting ground for the tall and bulky Egyptian.

In the third quarterfinal, third seed American dubbed as Mr Cool Todd Harrity registered 3-0 victory against Wales Peter Creed in just 33 minutes. Todd won 12-10, 11-8 and 11-4 to set up semi-final date with Egyptian Zahed Muhammad.

In the fourth and last quarterfinal of the day, Pakistan’s Tayyab was pitted against world number 30 Zahed Muhammad. Zahed wasted very little time to take the first game 11-7. Zahed took the second game 11-, after losing two games. Backed by vocal crowd, Tayyab finally showed glimpses of his game and won the third game 11-6. The 4th game was a seesaw battle as both players gave everything they had and it was played on a very high note, and kept on swinging from one way to another before Zahed prevailed and took the game 11-9 to oust the local in 45 minutes.