ISLAMABAD - Five-member Pakistan junior squash team along with coach Faheem Gul and manager Amir Nawaz left for Netherlands to feature in the World Junior Individual Squash Championship starting from July 25 at Eindhoven.

Talking to The Nation, Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) honorary secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz, who is also accompanying the players as manager, said: “We are expecting positive results from our players as we have provided them facilities and training at Mushaf Mir Squash Complex. It is very hard to predict about actual results, as you never know with juniors. Sometimes, they perform out of the way and sometimes they fail to live up to the occasion, but I am quite hopeful my players Tayyab Aslam, Asim and Israr will perform better in the event. Presently, Ahsan Ayaz is playing awesome squash and he is a dark horse and can surprise many. If draws go in our players favor, we can return with the trophy.”

To a query regarding tight schedule of players which could deprive players of getting used to with conditions and preparing well for the event, Amir replied: “We don't have other option as I consider keeping in mind they are young and energetic, they will adjust to the conditions and they have extra day with only exception of Abbas Shoukat, who will be in action against Dmyero on July 25, while all the other four players enjoy byes on the opening day. It is very tough 128 draw, each player has to play two matches on the first two days of the championship. It will be very tough and I feel only mentally and physically strong will survive.”

To another query, Amir said: “I can't predict anything as all the other players are very tough and we can't relax. Egypt, Malaysia and even Spain have filed strong pool of players, so the competition will be very tough. The luck factor can play vital role in helping players’ path to the ultimate glory. I request masses and squash lovers to pray for the players’ success.”