Pakistan Still Without Foreign Coach Despite PSF 'Essential Requirement' Pronouncement
By Waqar Hamza

Februrary 2, 2019

Pakistan squash is apparently not going to have a foreign coach as nothing has been done in this regard by Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) since July last.

PSF in its executive committee’s meeting in July 2018 decided that hiring of a foreign coach is an “essential requirement” for Pakistan National Squash Academy (PNSA).

And PSF’s Senior Vice President requested to squash legend Jahangir Khan to help the federation in engaging a suitable coach for the required training at the academy.

Jahangir assured him that he would try to arrange a qualified foreign coach and would forward his recommendation to PSF shortly.

But six months have passed and Pakistan squash did not get a foreign coach.

Hiring a suitable coach for Pakistani players at senior level has always been an issue for PSF due to heavy influence of some squash families in the national circuit, which is now weakening though.

Few years back PSF replaced Jamshed Gul with Fahim Gul, which is the only qualified coach in Pakistan currently. But he too got fired after sometime, and now Mo Yasin with the help of few assistant coaches is tackling this difficult responsibility of coaching.

The appointment of Mo Yasin attracted criticism from squash circles of the country for him not being suitable for this job by dint of his old age.

Like in the past, Mo Yasin has so far failed to produce desired results. Yet he is there enjoying the status of national coach.

“Our squash needs foreign coach as he can handle the pressure and power of certain families enjoying in the game of squash here,” said Secretary Sindh Squash Association (SSA) Mohammad Amir Khan.

He added that PSF should take this task seriously despite budget constraints as even Malaysia has advertised for hiring a foreign coach now.

“We don’t have any player in top-50 PSA rankings. This is a grave situation. Our players need special attention and training,” said Amir.

He said all high-prize international events held in Pakistan in 2018 were won by foreign players.

PSF organized $30,000 Pakistan COAS International in September, $20,000 DHA Cup in November, $50,000 Pakistan Open and $20,000 13th CNS Championship in December.