ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has chosen United Arab Emirates (UAE) as ‘home venue’ to host three-nation Junior Squash Tournament after February 15.

Talking to TheNation on Monday, PSF secretary Abdul Wahab Marwat said: “Earlier it was decided to conduct Junior Squash Tournament from January 16 to 19 but most of the players were busy in British Junior Championship, so it was decided to change the proposed dates.”

Wahab said besides Pakistan, UAE and Egyptian players would participate and it would be the first ever international event hosted by Pakistan at a neutral venue. “We have written to Indian Squash Federation for a bilateral series between the players of two-countries and we are still waiting for their reply,” he added.

“As soon as we get the nod from Indians, dates and other things will be decided. We are also ready to play in India first as it is important to play against each other, no matter who will break the ice.” “The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the federation will be held on January 29 here at the Air Headquarters under the chair of PSF president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt,” he said and added: “All the achievements made in 2012 will come under consideration and challenges face by the federation and how to cope with them.” “The junior players who are set to appear in the Asian Junior Squash Championship, which will be held in Korea from February 20 to 24, will benefit a lot from the Punjab National Ranking Squash Championship which will be held from January 23 to 26,” he added.

He said the junior players would return to Islamabad as soon as they got free from the event and the camp would start under the command of head coach Jamshed Gul and it would continue till the team's departure to Korea. “We have selected a well-balanced squad and if they play according to their potential, there is every chance they will return as champions in both male and female categories. Although the players will face a tough competition from the opponents like India and Malaysia, but they are ready to roar and give a real run for their money to all opponents,” he concluded.