ISLAMABAD -

Farhan Mahboob, Nasir Iqbal and Farhan Zaman booked their places for the prestigious World Team Championship after remaining on top in the trial matches currently underway here at the Mushaf Ali Mir Squash Complex for the selection of four-member Pakistan team for the world squash event starting in France from June 9.

In the morning session of the matches, Nasir Iqbal beat Farhan Zaman 3-1, Nasir won the first game 11-8, but lost the second 9-11, before bouncing back to take the next two games 11-5 and 11-8 to win the match. In the second match of the day, Farhan Mahboob beat Tayyab Aslam 3-0 with the score of 11-3, 11-2 and 11-8.

Sh Saqib was awarded walk over against Danish Atlas Khan while Tayyab Aslam beat Mansoor Zaman 11-8, 11-8 as Mansoor retried in the third game. Farhan Mahboob was given walk over against Farhan Zaman who opted not to play the match. Nasir got walk over against Danish Atlas while the fourth and final slot will be decided after the much-awaited match between Sh Saqib and Tayyab Aslam. The winner of this tie will be guaranteed the fourth and final place in the Pakistan team.

Today (Friday) is the last day of trial matches. Farhan Mahboob will play the match against Nasir to decide who finished No 1 and 2 while Farhan Zaman is at No 3. The PSF will announce the final four-member squad today (Friday). Aamir Atlas Khan is all set to be left out from the playing side after his failure to turn up for the trial matches.

Talking to The Nation on Thursday, PSF secretary Abdul Wahab Marwat said: “We have abide by the set rules and regulations and we have changed trial matches dates just to accommodate Aamir, who requested so for having ample time to get recovered soon. But despite given proper time, Aamir failed to turn up for the trial matches and we are left with no other option but to leave out Aamir and pick the squad.”

“Though it will hurt the cause of the country, but we have almost same players after the trial matches with the only exception of unfit Aamir. I am sure the fourth place boy whoever gets selected will try to fill Aamir's shoes and perform for the country,” the PSF secretary concluded.