Pride of Pakistan – Qamar Zaman
Qamar Zaman is a former Pakistani squash player. Qamar Zaman hails from Quetta and came from a humble background. Since childhood he was interested in the game of squash. Being poor, his father could not afford rackets and balls with which his son could play but this never dampened his spirit and zeal and he practiced with a taped broken ball.
In 1968, his victory in the finals of the Pakistan Junior Squash Championship brought him to limelight. In 1973, Qamar Zaman made it to the semifinals of the British Amateur Squash Champion ship. 1974 brought him the Australian Amateur Championship title and a place in the semis of the British Open championship.
The following year proved to be quite lucky for Qamar Zaman as he crushed the defending champion Australian Geoff Hunt in the quarter-finals of the British Open and then wiped out compatriot Gogi Alauddin in straight sets in the finals to win the prestigious British Open title.
Qamar Zaman was often referred to as the “wizard” and “magician” of squash. He stunned his opponents with his masterful strokes. The drop shot was his forte and his superior stroke playing ability left his opponents confused.
Qamar Zaman was a gentleman both on and off the court and is also known for his humility besides his squash skills.
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