As Pakistan starts preparing for world junior squash championships, one of the most successful coaches of recent times Faheem Gul bids adieu to his national squash duties seeking new avenues in USA.
The national coach would be leaving for USA at the end of this month to resume coaching job there. Under Faheem, Pakistan have recently won Asian team title and also clinched gold and silver medals at the south Asian games.
“I have had a wonderful time with the Pakistan squash. Now for the better financial deal, I am leaving for USA on May 30 which would be my last day with the Pakistan squash,” Faheem said, while taking to The Truth Pursuit.
He hoped that Pakistan junior team that has already started training under former world No. 6 Amjad Khan would perform outstandingly in the world individual and team events starting from August 6 in Bielsko-Biala (Poland).
All eyes would be on Asian Junior Champion Israr Ahmed in Pakistan’s quest to win their first world junior title in almost 30 years. Israr could well get No. 1 or No. 2 seeding in the event where he is expected to perform outstandingly.
“The Asian champion is playing very good squash and if he continues to improve the way he has been in recent past, chances of his bringing laurels for the country are very bright,” Faheem said.
Pakistan’s performance in the last individual junior world event was not the encouraging as all three aspirants lost in the quarter finals.
Pakistan, however, went on to take silver in the world team event. This time around the team has bright chances of making to the final and Israr has better chances of playing the individual final, he could well go on to win the exclusive title for the country after the gap of almost three decades.
Meanwhile, eight players have been invited for the final trials to select a team of four and as many for individual event of the world juniors event. The four-day trails would get underway from May 27 with the following players who have been invited to compete for places in the team.
Invited players include Israr Ahmed, Kashif Asif, Abbas Shoukat, Ehsan Ayaz, Zeeshan Ahmed, Mehran Javed, Mansoor Ahmed and Suleman Saleem. “There are five PSA players among the invitees and three others picked from junior national circuit, expectations are there that first four could well be seen earning a place in the team,” one of the PSF officials, when contact, said.
“Amjad Khan is working had on players. Every player at the camp is improving by each passing day,” the official said.
Former British Open Champion Qamar Zaman is expected to be named as manager of the team.