ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) senior vice president Syed Razi Nawab is quite optimistic about meeting with PSA Board of Directors in general council gathering to be held in Britain.

He said this in an interview with The Nation on Wednesday, adding that the meeting would be in great beneficial to Pakistan squash as it was very important to share our version with the world’s highest squash body.  “I will try to explain our story in detail and I am quite hopeful the outcome will be in our favour. We, as former champions, deserve better treatment from the international bodies. I will demand them to not only allocate us high price tournaments but also eliminate negativity from the top players who want to play in Pakistan but they fail to do so due to some certain elements.” 

“We can easily host the CA Open International Squash Championship at Islamabad but we have decided to organise it in Peshawar for two main reasons. Firstly, we want to show the world that this part although badly effected by terror activities yet is still much safer for all kinds of sports and secondly, this place has a unique and significant history of producing seven world champions s no other place in the world has this distinction,” he added.

He said they had decided to allocate 10 players to two federation, among them four players each would be looked after by the federation and Punjab Squash Association (PSA), while one player would be looked after by Sindh Squash Association (SSA). It would help the players in getting maximum PSA events. The players who will be sent to the federation include Aamir, Danish, Farhan Mehboob and Nasir Iqbal while Punjab will take care of Ali Bukhari, Tayyab Aslam, Ammad Fareed and Sindh will look after Rafiq Tarar.

He said that they would announce central contracts for the players as per performance. “The players who didn’t perform well but wanted to reap only benefits will be discouraged as it is indeed a grave injustice to those players who are performing well.”

To a query, Razi Nawab said: “Women squash in Pakistan has been vanishing with each passing day, as there are hardly few players left and they are not getting enough tournaments at home so thinking about sending them abroad is a far cry.”

Razi admitted that some mistakes were made in the past and they didn't give that much priority to female players, but now they would get equal opportunity. “I had already given directives to secretary Aamir Nawaz in this regard.”

“I am a very positive person and I don't want to waste my energies on negative things. I am fully aware about the weaknesses and plus points and I will continue to follow the path never mind and not afraid of experiments. I am sure with the positive approach and hard work the conspirators would not dare to distract the federation and soon we would rule the squash world,” Razi concluded.