ISLAMABAD – Six-time world crew squash champions Pakistan won’t participate within the 26th World Workforce Squash Championship 2019 to be held in Washington DC, USA from December 14 to 22.
It’s the darkest day within the historical past of Pakistan squash, which had produced plenty of world champions, who had dominated squash world for nearly 4 many years, but it surely has now began falling to new lows as Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) government committee, comprising PSF President Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, SVP Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi, Director PNSA Air Commodore (R) Aftab Sadiq Qureshi, Secretary Group Captain Tahir Sultan and squash legends Qamar Zaman and Jahangir Khan, has determined that Pakistan crew wouldn’t participate within the 26th version of the occasion.
Whole 32 groups will likely be in motion for the highest honours throughout the mega squash occasion. Egypt are defending champions and prime seeds whereas England are the seeded second, adopted by France, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Germany, India, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Malaysia, Scotland, USA, Spain and Wales. Pakistan had received this occasion for six instances ranging from 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1993, as final time Pakistan received in 1993 in Karachi and Pakistan’s worst efficiency was in 2011, when Pakistan completed 21st in Paderborn, Germany.
The final date of submitting charge of £5,000 was July 16, however the PSF determined to not seem within the occasion as a result of thousands and thousands of rupees have been invested on the senior gamers, who have been offered numerous alternatives to participate in PSA occasions worldwide, however the outcomes have been extremely pathetic within the final a number of years.
When contacted a senior PSF official, he, on the situation of anonymity, confirmed that the choice was made in the perfect curiosity of squash and nation. “As senior gamers together with Farhan Zaman, Tayyab Aslam, Asim Khan, Israr Ahmed, Ammad Fareed and Farhan Mehboob, by no means wished to coach as per modern-day necessities and at any time when they have been referred to as for the coaching camp at Mushaf Squash Advanced, Islamabad, they merely refused, so the PSF and PAF needed to take such a harsh resolution.
“It is vitally pinching that for the primary time, we received’t participate on the planet crew championship, however it is usually true that sending crew for joyride and losing big quantity of nationwide kitty can be not a wise transfer. I personally really feel that we should make investments closely on junior lot, as they’re giving passable outcomes,” he added.
One other official confirmed The Nation that the manager committee had made this resolution, which was opposed by one prime official throughout the assembly, who was in favour of sending the crew for the occasion, however the overwhelming majority of the committee by no means seemed satisfied with the arguments as a result of the senior gamers had consumed an excessive amount of nationwide wealth however did not ship.
“I really feel Pakistan ought to have participated within the occasion it doesn’t matter what outcomes they produce. Pakistani gamers are nonetheless able to beating any given aspect, topic to placing full efforts. I do know senior gamers will not be keen to play for the nation, which their habits and outcomes present. The PSF offered each attainable facility to them, however they’re extra considering having fun with the international journeys, getting TADAs, dailies than profitable for the nation,” he added.
The official disclosed that over the last world crew championship in France, Pakistani gamers may have simply attain prime 16 after which in prime 8, however the gamers underperformed and misplaced badly. Round Rs 10 million have been spent on their coaching, tickets, dailies and participation charge and the identical quantity was anticipated to be spent on this occasion.
If one agrees with the arguments offered by the PSF officers, even then the federation is at fault, as they need to have ensured gamers should prepare as per its orders. It’s hoped that the PSF President will take motion in opposition to these, who’re accountable of inflicting big damages on the nation and its squash.