PSF cuts down world event participants

Bokhari, Aslam to represent Pakistan at junior squash championship.

Nabeel Hashmi July 10, 2013
Bokhari, Aslam to represent Pakistan at junior squash championship. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has decided to send only their best players to participate at the 19th World Junior Individual Squash Championship, finalising a two-member contingent instead of the initial five.

Asian junior champion Ali Bokhari and Tayyab Aslam will represent Pakistan in Wroclaw, Poland where the event will run from July 16-21. They will be accompanied by head coach Jamshed Gul. However, the players have failed to deliver at world events in comparison to Asian championships.

The PSF had initially planned on sending Bokhari, Tayyab, Ammad Fareed, Bilal Zakir and Israr Ahmed. However, Ammad and Bilal’s below-par show means the PSF will now send only two players.

“We are only sending players who can do well at the world events,” PSF Secretary Abdul Wahab Marwat told The Express Tribune.

“Only Bokhari and Tayyab did well at the Asian Junior Championship. They deserve to participate in the world junior individual championship. Ammad and Bilal failed to come up with good performances and therefore, couldn’t make the cut. Thus, we feel that we only need to send our best players.”

PSF suffering financial problems

It needs to be mentioned that the PSF has been struggling financially in sending players to Professional Squash Association (PSA) tournaments with no sponsorships at their disposal. The players’ poor show has not helped their cause either.

On the other hand, Marwat praised coach Gul’s mentoring of the players at his disposal, hoping that their training would pay off.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2013.

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