ISLAMABAD - Pakistan No 1 squash player Aamir Atlas Khan has resumed full-fledged training after overcoming thigh injury which he was carrying since long.

In an exclusive interview with The Nation on Tuesday, Aamir said: “I have started tough training at Hashim Khan Squash Complex, Peshawar and my next major assignment is to participate in the PSA $15,000 event in Canada where I am in the main draw.”

“I abode by my doctor's advice which resulted in a very positive manner as now I am feeling completely different, cool, relax and ready to take on my opponents. I really wanted to represent Pakistan at the World Squash Team Championship in France, but I had to look into other matters as well so I could not put my entire career on line for only one event. I wanted to win more and more laurels for the country at international level, just like I did by winning the Asian Squash Individual Championship for my beloved country and that too after a gap of almost 14 years,” confident Aamir stated.

“Let me share one thing which is crystal clear that I was carrying the injury throughout the championship and I ignored all the doctor’s advices and played to win the event for Pakistan,” he said.

Expressing his disappointment over no cash incentives from President and Prime Minister, he said: “I am very disappointed that no one from the President or Prime Minister offices even contacted me to greet me on title winning performance so announcing incentives is a very far cry.” “Only KPK Governor Engr Shaukat Ullah not only invited me but also announced a cash incentive, but after a gap of almost two months, nobody from the governor house bothered to inform me about the promised incentives,” he added.

“I would like to say a big thanks to MNA Jamshed Dasti, who not only called me immediately after my success in the Asian championship but also personally paid a visit to my home in Peshawar, he is a great gentleman and had promised his all-out support for not only me but also to all squash players and promised to take up the matter with Prime Minister very soon,” he stated.

“Players have been monitoring things very closely that at one stage, cricketers and even hockey players have been blessed with countless incentives despite the fact that they finished well beyond expectations and on the other hand, step-motherly treatment have been given to squash players who won laurels for the country at international stage and have been trying day and night to bring old glory days of squash back. How can it be possible for the players to ignore this bitter reality that their achievements have hardly been recognised by the chief executive of the country,” he said.

“I am very hurt with the attitude of the President and especially Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he is himself not only a sportsman but also a great sports lover. It is true when I won the Asian Individual championship caretaker set up was in the country, but now an elected Prime Minister has taken over and now he should look into the great injustice done to me and announce a reasonable cash incentive for me. This gesture will help a great deal to the country in the years to come as players will take great heart and will put more efforts to repeat such feats regularly,” Aamir asserted.

Aamir said his family and close friends were advising him to leave the country and settle abroad where he would be given more respect along with amount in millions. “I am still hopeful the President and Prime Minister will recognize my matchless services to the country and invite me sooner rather than later. I want to live in this country, to serve it and to win more laurels for it,” he concluded.