ISLAMABAD - Aamir Atlas Khan brushed aside second seed Nasir Iqbal 3-1 in 42 minutes to set up semifinal clash against his younger brother Danish Atlas Khan in the Serena Hotels-Chief of Air Staff (CAS) International Squash Championship.

Third seed Farhan Zaman lost to fifth seed Qatari Abdullah M Al Tamimi 3-2 in 81 minutes. Aamir's victory ensured at least one Pakistani player’s entry in finals of the event. Not fully fit Aamir exposed Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF)'s tall claims regarding Nasir Iqbal, who was showered with countless benefits, while on the other hand, all the other players were totally ignored when it comes to allocating tickets and other perks and privileges for the PSA events.

Aamir started the quarterfinal well as highly underdog and no one was ready to even give him outside chance of victory, but he proved his critics wrong and showed why he is the current Asian senior individual squash champion. Both the players exchanged quality shots before Aamir wrapping up the game 12-10. It was all Nasir in the second game dictating terms and won it 11-4.

In the third game, Aamir was almost down and out, as Nasir was serving for the game at 10-6, but when it mattered the most, champ Aamir bounced back playing some lovely shots and leveled the game 10-10 and then went on to take the game 12-10. Nasir was twice warned for abusing racket and at 10-10, a stroke was awarded against Nasir for repeating the same foul which proved the high quality of refereeing by experienced Faayaz who was being assisted by Asif Khan and M Sajjad.  Aamir raced onto to take 5-0 lead in the fourth game. Nasir tried to bounce back but it was too little too late, as Aamir took the game 11-5, thus registered a memorable victory.

Abbas Shoukat's giant-killing run finally ended in dismay, as hamstring injury denied him a place in the semifinals. Abbas had taken a very comfortable 2-0 lead, before Danish showed his class to win next three games in a row to seal the fate of the youngster.

Abbas won the first game 12-10 and went on to take the second game 11-9. But it was all Danish from then on, as he took the third game 11-1 and fourth 11-6. In the fifth game, it was hard for Abbas to even stand his ground and at 0-2 down, so he decided to quit the match and Danish was comfortable winner at the end.

Sharing his views, Danish urged PSF president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt to duly recognise Abbas’ superb display of high quality squash keeping in mind the young lad had never played in any PSA event nor had any experience of playing at this level. He suggested Abbas should be named the player of the tournament.”

In the third quarterfinal, No 3 seed Farhan Zaman was beaten by fifth seed Qatar lad Abdullah M Al Tamimi, student of Geoff Hunt. Abdullah won the first game 11-7, but then he lost next two by Pakistani lad 7-11, 13-15. Abdullah showed tremendous fighting spirit to win the fourth game 11-8 and fifth and deciding game 11-9 to register superb 3-2 victory.

In the fourth and last quarterfinal, top seed Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid taught a squash lesson to Amaad Fareed after thrashing him 11-3, 11-6, 11-4. Omar will take on Abdullah in the first semifinal today (Wednesday) at 2pm while Aamir will face Danish in the second semifinal at 4pm.

Poor policies of PSF resulted in such results, as Farhan Zaman and Nasir Iqbal were handed over to former squash player M Yasin, who was especially carved in from UK. Both these players were flying high under head coach Jamshed, but all his good work was completely ignored.

Despite clear instructions from PSF chief, IPC Minister Mian Riaz and Standing Committee on Sports of conducting inquiry of the Asian Games pathetic results, the PSF is in no mood of doing so and wants to bury the entire issue. Instead of accepting the responsibility of worst defeat in Asian Games and handing over resignations, both senior vice president Razi Nawab and secretary Amir Nawaz are trying to put the entire blame of defeat on Jamshed's shoulders. The time is ripe when the PSF must build team around Jamshed and Faheem Gul, who are proven stuff, while sacking Jamshed will not serve Pakistan squash but put the entire future at stake.

It is also pertinent to mention here that past greats like Geoff Hunt and Zarak Jehan Khan have strongly endorsed Jamshed services for the country’s squash and termed him the best man to lead Pakistan squash revival.