ISLAMABAD - Young rising squash star Umair Gul has requested Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) president Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman to provide him justice and allow him to fulfill his dream of winning titles for the country.

Talking to The Nation said: “I am long running from post to pillar to get justice, but the PSF is not ready to accept medical reports regarding my age verification. On their advice, I went through scrutiny tests at Shaoukat Khanum Hospital and reports clearly backed my stance that I am only 18, rather than 26, which the PSF claims.

“The players, who were playing well before me, are still playing in U-19 category, while for the last two years, the federation has declared me overage. I presented proofs regarding my age verification, gone through complete tests and provided written proofs of authentic laboratory, but the federation kept on lingering on my case and promised me that a committee will be constituted soon, which will decide my fate. I have time and again met with PSF secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz and also talked to the Punjab Squash Association’s Rana Tariq, but after a gap of more than two years, I am still waiting for the committee to be formed and decide my case,” he added.

Umair said for the last two years, he was not playing squash at junior level. “I trained with former Pakistan head coach Jamshed Gul and I don’t want to play at senior level, as there is a long list of seniors, and upcoming players don’t get chance in majority of events even in the qualifiers. My two-year golden time was wasted, but I still have one good year left.”

He said he had appeared in the British Junior and US Junior trials and finished second in British Open, but he was overlooked. “I am surprised that three players in the present squad, which left for Poland, are seniors than me, which include Israr Ahmed, Abbas Shoukat and Kashif Asif. If they are still eligible for the juniors then why not me. I have complete proofs which verify my age. I hope the PSF president will provide justice to me and provide me opportunity to represent Pakistan. My family has a huge role in Pakistan squash and I want to carry on with the legacy.”