ISLAMABAD - Former 8-time world squash champion Jansher Khan looked highly shocked by the poor showing of Pakistani players in the World Junior Individual Squash Championship held in India.

Talking to The Nation, Jansher expressed with great regret that the poor show of Pakistani players made the entire nation disappointed. “It is hard to absolve that our juniors can’t even pass third round, which is a huge question mark on the performance of coaches and federation. What is Pakistan National Squash Academy (PNSA) doing? There are no results of PNSA despite being spending so much money.

“I have time and again offered to help the federation, but they were not in a mood to take advantage form my services. Pakistan need top class coaches to work on juniors, not the unknown persons, who even don’t know the ABC of squash, nor they are aware of modern day coaching, so the end result is disaster, nothing else,” he added.

Jansher said the selection committee has shown serious negligence while making selection for the World Junior Squash event. He held coaches and trainers of PSF responsible for not providing proper training to the players. “All this mismanagement and selection of incompetent players were the main reasons of failure in World Junior and things are also not looking good for World Junior team title event, as the competition is tough and Pakistani players don’t look fully prepared. It will be huge disappointment, if Pakistan team fails to retain junior team title.”

The living squash legend said the PSF must take some serious steps and investigate the matter and take stern against those, who will find responsible of failure. “The coaches, trainers and players are provided with huge funds by the PSF and still they failed to even provide ordinary results. Frankly speaking, I couldn’t see the desire and hunger in the players, which is important to scale down new heights.”

Jansher flays the PSF for wasting national resources by sending incompetent players to India. “Pakistan can perform well if the PSF focuses on conducting junior tournaments in Pakistan. International players will visit Pakistan and help locals a great deal.”

“It is also disappointing that no Pakistani player could win World Junior Tournament since he had won way back in 1986 for country. I have no doubt in players abilities, but proper training and planning under top class coach is need of the hour to get back to the winning ways and help Pakistan regain lost squash glory,” Jansher concluded.