KARACHI - The Sindh Squash Association was first to hail appointment of former world champion Jansher Khan as new national coach in place of Fahim Gul. Within hours after the news broke that that Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, the sitting President Pakistan Squash Federation had appointed Jansher Khan as his advisor and national coach, Secretary SSA Engineer Tahir Khanzada here Tuesday welcomed the decision and hoped that new arrangements would highly benefit Pakistan squash which needed a reputed and experienced player like the former world champion to handle coaching. He said Fahim Gul became national coach in 2006. During his tenure, Pakistan had two partial successes in world and Asian junior and recently, Pakistanis won team event of the Asian Games. Fahim Gul had taken over the responsibilities from Rehmat Khan, cousin of former world champion Jahangir Khan. Former British amateur champion Aftab Jawaid also held the position for a brief period of time. Personal and family rivalries and personal jealousies have always made the job of a national coach controversial. Fathers, uncles and cousins have in the past blamed national coaches who held the post time to time for ignoring or favouring some players. However with the appointment of a great former world champion, the petty jealousies would vanish and the young and budding players would get good chance to learn the game from the best available person in the country. National coach is a full time paid job. He gets monthly salary. According to unconfirmed reports Fahim Gul was getting Rs 50,000 monthly. In the meantime, in a news release issued on Tuesday by the PSF stated that a meeting was held at Islamabad under the chairmanship of Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, President Pakistan Squash Federation where the decision to appoint Jansher Khan was taken. Senior Vice President PSF Air Vice Marshal Syed Razi Nawab and the former world champion Jansher Khan were also present in the meeting. Performance of the players and all facets pertaining to the game of squash were discussed in the meeting where Jansher has been appointed as adviser to the President PSF and national coach. Squash legend had offered his services to improve the players performance at the international level. During the course of meeting, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman shared his views about the game and highlighted the course of action to further improve and revive squash in Pakistan. The PSFs future plans which aim at lateral spread of the game through launching of Pakistan Squash Development Strategy were also discussed. The PSF seeks to improve the game and target talent at relatively younger age. Moreover, reinvigoration of squash at district level remains the central theme of the strategy for development of squash. The President PSF appreciated the performance of Pakistani players in international events during the year 2010, as they won gold and silver medals in the South Asian Games and recently concluded Asian Games at China. The president reiterated that the PSF would continue its support to the top level squash players, however, they would have to work even harder to improve their rankings at the world level, the news release added.