LAHORE - United Arab Emirates Squash Association (UAESA) and Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has signed an agreement for hosting Pakistan in the off shore venue.

Talking to the reporters at meet the press programme of Sports Writers Association of Punjab (SWAP) here on Tuesday at national hockey stadium, UAE national squash coach from Pakistan, Abbas Khan said: “The agreement will prove a milestone for promoting squash in UAE and Pakistan and becoming a squash home for Pakistan.”

Punjab Olympic Association secretary Idris Haider Khawaja was also present on the occasion.

Abbas said that the agreement was signed by UAE Squash Association president Gen Abdul Aziz Al Bannai and PSF Senior Vice President Razi Nawab in Dubai recently.

“It is a very useful agreement which will support Pakistan squash the way cricket is being supported in UAE and Pakistan is playing its home series there and squash will be played on similar pattern in UAE thus becoming Pakistan’s second home,” he said.

He has said that foreign players are not visiting Pakistan owing to security reasons and if the PSF stages its high profile events in Dubai or any part of the UAE then foreign players can participate.

“The aim of this agreement is to lend support to Pakistan squash and to create an opportunity for Pakistani and UAE squash players to improve the level of their play by playing against each other,” he added.

“The PSF itself should explore sponsorships avenues and we will be there to provide playing and technical facilities besides helping them in issuance of visas and accommodation at cheaper rates,” he said.

To a query, he said that there would be no restriction on the PSF to organise a certain number of tournament as it can hold as many as tournaments depending upon the availability of the sponsors.

He said squash is gaining rapid popularity in UAE and there are around five hundred registered players and junior players are taking up squash as a sport in UAE where youth is mad for football and expatriates have their special interest in cricket.

The UAE national coach said the agreement will be valid for two years starting from January 2012 ending in 2014.

He said that the PSF should take measures to make this agreement a success by arranging international tournaments at senior or junior level and starting a league featuring Pakistani and UAE players.

“Squash is dying down in the world because to lack of resources and there is dire need to join hands to revive this sport and we firmly believe that this venture between UAE and PSF will help Pakistan in achieving lost glory,” he concluded.

Later POA secretary Idris Khawaja presented a souvenir to Abbas Khan.