Pride of Pakistan – Qamar Zaman

by on August 16, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

Famous Pakistani squash player 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.

Pride of Pakistan – Gogi Alauddin

by on August 15, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

Popular Pakistani squash player Gogi Alauddin

Gogi Alauddin was a famous squash player from Pakistan in 1970s. Gogi Alauddin was a sharp player and developed his own technique which was later adopted by many players. Gogi was famous for laying low till the opponent got exhausted and then went for the kill shots. His game was a combination of ball control and physical strength. Gogi faced many formidable opponents during his time the biggest being Geoff Hunt and Jonah Barrington. At that time Pakistan had many squash stars like Qamar Zaman, Hidayat Jehan (Hiddy) and Mohibullah Khan; all great names and craving a place among them was not an easy job.

Gogi was not a hard hitter nor was he super fast around the court he simply let the other player play the shots and then slowly took over the control of the game after his opponent got tired. Gogi Alauddin was the British Amateur Champion in 1970 and 1971; he won the Pakistan Open in 1972 and 1973. Although Gogi reached the British Open final twice but unfortunately could not win the title.

After retiring from squash in the late 70s, Gogi has been working as a squash coach. He served as a squash coach in Kuwait, America, Malaysia and Pakistan.

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