ISLAMABAD - Pakistani boys on Wednesday started their 24th Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship 2013 campaign in style as Ali Bukhari, Tayyab Aslam and Bilal Zakir cruised into the third round in Jordan.

Fourth Pakistani Ammad Fareed lost his second round match while both Pakistani girls Sadia Gul and Madina Zafar were thrown out of the event after they lost their matches. Sadia did managed to win her first round match against Adya Advani of India 3-0 with the score of 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 while Madina lost her first round match against Nazihah Hanis Abd of Malaysia 3-0 as the score was 7-11, 1-11, 3-11.

Ali Bukhari, seeded No 2, played his second round match against Holpitige Ravindu Laksiri of Sri Lanka. Ali was in tremendous form as he brushed aside his opponent in straight games winning the match 11-7, 11-8, 11-2. Ammad Fareed lost his second round match against Yousif Nizar Saleh of Kuwait 3-2. Ammad was in driving seat as he won first two games but he let Yousif off the hook which cost him dearly. Ammad won the first game 11-6, second 11-7 but lost next three games in a row 4-11, 8-11, 5-11 and was thrown out of the event.

Tayyab Aslam beat Madhav of India in straight games winning his match 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 while Bilal Zakir thrashed Indian Vijay Kumar in straight games winning the match 11-7, 11-5, 11-6.

Talking exclusively to The Nation, Pakistan squash team head coach Jamshed Gul was full of praise to his young guns and said: “I have mentioned earlier my boys are in fine form and have trained very hard. I am confident if they continue to play their natural games, it will be really difficult for all their opponents to stand in their way and one of them will return as champion.”

“Ammad has a habit of relaxing a bit when he is enjoying good position in the match. I am working on that minor flaw in his game and I am sure he will soon overcome this flaw and not repeat such silly mistakes in future,” Jamshed concluded.