Sports in Pakistan: Squash in Pakistan

by on September 14, 2012
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Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF)

Famous Pakistani squash players: Jahangir Khan and Jansher Kahn

The development and governing of Squash is done by the Pakistan Squash Federation. It is associated with the WSF World Squash Federation and ASF Asian Squash Federation.

Founded 1950
President Rao  Qamar Suleman (Air Chief)
General Secretary Abdul Wahab Marwar (Wing Cdr)
Most famous players Hashim Khan, Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan

The Khan Family in Squash

Pakistan has proudly made great success in Squash within and outside the country since 1950. Hashim Khan was the first player who put Pakistan’s name on the top list of world squash players. He had great grip on his game with his wisdom and speed. He ruled the world of Squash for almost three decades. The talent he had is still travelling in his family generation after generation. The great names in squash like Azam Khan was his brother, Roshan Khan his cousin and Sharif Khan his son, Mohib ul Allah, Qamar Zaman and Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan his nephews have conquered the Squash world for decades.

Achievements:

Championship Player Year Position
World Open (Individual) Jahangir Khan 1981 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jahangir Khan 1982 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jahangir Khan 1983 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jahangir Khan 1984 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jahangir Khan 1985 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jahangir Khan 1988 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jansher Khan 1987 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jansher Khan 1989 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jansher Khan 1990 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jansher Khan 1992 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jansher Khan 1993 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jansher Khan 1994 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jansher Khan 1995 Gold Medal
World Open (Individual) Jansher Khan 1996 Gold Medal
10th South Asian Federation Games(Srilanka) Mansoor Zaman 2006 Gold Medal
10th South Asian Federation Games(Srilanka) Amir Atlas 2006 Silver Medal
11th South Asian Federation Games(Bangladesh) Amir Atlas 2011 Gold Medal
World Junior Squash Championship Farhan Mehboob 2011 Silver Medal

Pride of Pakistan – Hashim Khan

by on August 30, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

hashim khan-Squash family

Hashim Khan is one of the greatest sqaush players from Pakistan. He was the first ever squash player to represent Pakistan and win the prestigious British Open title in 1951. This legendary player is better known as the founder of the Khan Dynasty which was to rule the world of squash for many years to come.

Born in Noakilli in 1916 in pre partitioned India, Hashim Khan came from a humble background. His father was a steward in a club where the British officers played squash. Hashim used to retrieve the balls which went out of the court. When the officers left the court, Hashim and the other boys practised in the empty court.

Hashim got enough practice and was appointed the squash coach at a British Air Force Officer’s Mess in 1942. Hashim became the first All of India Squash champion in 1944 and defended his title for two consecutive years. Hashim chose to stay in Pakistan after its creation and in 1949 he became the first squash champion of Pakistan.

In 1951, Hashim Khan participated in the British Open Championship and won the final beating Mahmoud Karim of Egypt. At that time Hashim was 35 years old; at this age most players think of retiring but the strong willed Hashim Khan defended his title successfully for many years defeating players from Egypt, England and compatriot Pakistanis.

Hashim remained the British Open Champion five times, the US title 3 times and was the winner of Canada Open three times.

Pride of Pakistan – Roshan Khan

by on August 16, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

Legend and famous Pakistani squash player Roshan Khan

Roshan Khan is the third king of the Khan Dynasty who ruled the world of squash. Pakistan is the home country of many Squash greats, Roshan Khan being one of them. Distantly related to the founder Hashim Khan, Roshan reached the final of Pakistan Open in 1949 but was beaten by Hashim. However from 1951 till 1953, the Pakistan Open title was his. In 1956, Roshan was the runner up to Hashim in the British Open Squash Championship. The following year Roshan avenged himself by defeating Hashim Khan in the final of 1957 British Open. Roshan was again beaten in the final of the British Open in 1960 by Azam Khan a fellow Pakistani. Roshan Khan won the North American Open in 1958, 1960 and 1961. He was also the Canadian Open champion two times. Roshan was a great player of squash but his game was over shadowed by that of Hashim and Azam Khan, the pioneers of squash in Pakistan.

Roshan Khan coached his sons Torsan Khan and Jahangir Khan. Torsan was ranked 13 in the World Ranking died of a heart attack in 1979 while playing a tournament in Australia. Jahangir went on to become the greatest squash player the world had ever seen.

Roshan Khan died on 6th January 2006 at the age of 78.

Pride of Pakistan – Azam Khan

by on August 16, 2010
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Famous Pakistani squash player Azam Khan

Azam Khan was the second squash player from Pakistan to have won the British Open Title. Azam is the younger brother of squash maestro Hashim Khan who laid the foundation of the Khan dynasty.

Azam Khan worked as a tennis coach for the PAF. After Hashim won the British Open Championship in 1951, he asked Azam to join squash in 1952; Azam was then 26. Azam became Hashim’s practice partner and two years later faced Hashim in the finals of the British Open. Although Azam lost the final, he had made his presence felt in the squash circuit. Azam was again beaten by Hashim in 1955 and 1958 and finally became the British Open champion in 1959; the title remained with him for four consecutive years from 1959-1962. The final of 1960 remains the shortest final in the history of squash. It took Azam only 19 minutes to annihilate compatriot Roshan Khan in straight sets 9-1, 9-0, 9-0. The spectators were left confused and suspected foul play. In 1962 Azam won many other titles including the US Open championship. The same year Azam called it a day when he ruptured an Achilles tendon.

Azam was then offered a coaching job in the New Grampian Club in London which he accepted and settled in London. Azam later bought the club on installments. His club produced many champions of the game of squash such as Jonah Barrington. The Pakistani player Qamar Zaman was also trained by Azam; Qamar also won the prestigious title. Mike Oddy and Mohibullah Jr. are some other outstanding players whom Azam coached.

Azam Khan was a master stroke player and a strategist people claim that the finals he lost to elder brother Hashim were more out of respect.

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