11 , 2002 © 2002
announces his return to pro squash
|Jansher Khan, former world #1, dominated
squash for 10 years © 2002 Debra Tessier
Former world squash champion Jansher
Khan has announced his return to the international circuit amid hopes
that he will guide Pakistan to recover its lost glory in the game, according
to a report from Pakistan News International.
Addressing a hurriedly called press
conference at the Lahore Press Club, he said he will start by playing
in national tournaments before going on to the international circuit.
“I have requested the Pakistan Squash
Federation (PSF) to award me PSA membership and wild card entry in the
Pakistan Naval Chief of Staff Squash Tournament scheduled to be held in
Karachi starting September 18,” Jansher said, adding that he has personally
spoken to the PSF President Mushaf Ali Mir who welcomed his decision.
Jansher, who ruled the world of squash
for ten years and played his last international tournament in Maastricht
1999, where he lost to Jonathon Power of Canada in the first round, expressed
his disappointment over the dearth of quality squash players in Pakistan
who can challenge the supremacy of players like Peter Nicol and David
Palmer in world squash.
“I have decided to stage a come back
after watching the performance of Pakistan players on the international
circuit and I feel that I can still compete at international level,” he
Jansher said he never left training
and exercise after quitting the game about five years ago because of severe
“I am quite fit and feel that I can
sustain the hardships of this demanding game,” he said, adding that his
return to international squash would not interfere with his squash academy
which he announced two months ago.
He claimed there was no stiff competition
in the world of squash and it would be easy for him to gain a top position
in the world rankings.
Jansher said he had recovered 99 per
cent from his knee injury and was fit enough to play on international
circuit even at the age of 34. He was of the view that God had gifted
Pakistan with a lot of talent, and the young players only needed proper
training and coaching.
If Chris Walker at 34 can make a comeback
into the top ten, why not Jansher? Granted Chris only took a year off and
Jansher hasn’t played professionally since 1999. A fit and determined Jansher
would be an interesting contender.