KARACHI: Pakistan’s seven-member squash contingent is set to leave for the Netherlands on Thursday to participate in the World Junior Individual Championship, which is scheduled to commence from Sunday.
The contingent includes five players Tayyab Aslam, Asim Khan, Israr Ahmed, Ahsan Ayaz and Abbas Shaukat while Fahim Gul is accompanying them in the capacity of coach.
Current Asian junior champion Tayyab Aslam, who has been seeded second for the competition, is targeting a successful bid for the title this time around. “We’ve trained really hard for the championship and I believe that I can win the title,” Tayyab told The Express Tribune. “In the last edition, I crashed out in the quarter-final stage. But now I feel that I have developed my game. My seniors Nasir Iqbal and Farhan Zaman have helped me a lot in improving my game during training, and that would certainly help me a lot in the quest.”
Tayyab added that although his draw seems an easy one for most part of the tournament, he would refrain from taking anything for granted.
Meanwhile, PSF secretary Amir Nawaz, who will be the manager on the tour, said that the federation has tried to provide maximum training time to the players so that they are in perfect shape prior to the event. “We have an aim for this championship and hopefully that aim will be achieved,” said Nawaz. “I can’t predict the exact outcome, but I’m sure these players will produce good results.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2015.
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