ISLAMABAD - Pakistan squash’s future medal hope Asim Khan wants to break into the PSA top 30 in next two years.

Talking to The Nation, Asim said: “I worked very hard on my fitness and training excessively at Punjab Squash Association (PSA) courts under the command of Gogi Allauddin and Waheed Naeem. I finished second in the trials for the selection of Pakistan junior team for the upcoming Asian Junior Squash Team Championship starting from January 28 in Malaysia and want to play sheet-anchor role in helping the country defend its title.”

Asim, 18, said: “We are training very hard here at Mushaf Mir Squash Complex under the watchful eyes of Faheem Gul Khan, who taught me a lot of new things, techniques and working very hard with me during the three-long sessions at the complex. I never had such wonderful experience of learning new things. Faheem completely overhauled my style of playing.

“It is my first ever Asian Junior Team event and I want to play the leading role and want to help the country in best way possible, if given chance to play. Waheed has been working very hard with me for the past two years and this was because of his efforts, I managed to win titles at international level. I have been playing squash for the last seven years from Punjab and after this event, I have decided not to play at junior level events in the country. I just participate in mega junior events abroad and I have managed to win a number of international titles in such a short career,” he added.  Asim has just recently won bronze medal for Pakistan in the Thailand Beach Games, also won silver medal in world junior team event in Namibia and also won Malaysian Junior title in 2012 and was runner-up in Milo Junior title also in 2012, won DG Rangers Squash Championship U-19 in 2013 in Karachi and most recently won back-to-back titles in Doha, Qatar, where he first won the Qatar Junior Squash title and then won Doha Junior Squash title in 2014.

To a query regarding his favorite squash player, Asim named great Jansher Khan. “The way Jansher Khan played, his cool and calm composure off and on the court behavior was a treat to watch. I want to follow his footsteps and win laurels for the country just like he did.”

“I am getting Rs 22,000 monthly stipend from SNGPL, but it is too short to participate in the PSA events. It is my request to the PSA to lend a helping hand to me and help me in fulfilling my dream of breaking into top 30 PSA rankings. It can only be possible by playing in at least 12 PSA events every year. I can't afford such number of events every year from my personal pocket, but Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz has promised to bore expenses, if I performed well at international stage, but I need sufficient amount of funds and want to request SNGPL to arrange tickets for me so that I may feel free and just concentrate on the task ahead,” he urged. Sharing his views, PSF secretary Amir Nawaz said: “Faheem Gul has strongly recommended Asim as Pakistan squash future. I will provide him at least four tickets to play in the PSA events. If his progress continues as per our demands, it is my promise, he will be provided required funds and other incentives. It will be my utmost duty to arrange funds for emerging and top players of the country.”

Faheem Gul said: “Asim is future of Pakistan squash. He is a cool, calm, composed player and save his on-court energy very well. His reading of the game is excellent, what exactly he needs is international exposure which will help him challenge top national and international players.”