Jansher pins hopes on talented teenage son
ISLAMABAD— Can teenager Ali Sher Khan emulate his legendary father Jansher Khan in the sport of squash? If not now, then in the upcoming years?.
The eight- times World Champion Jansher certainly thinks his son may have a surprise or two up his sleeve.
Former World number one Jansher believes Ali has all the potential to excel in Squash and create upset when he plays in British Junior Open, early next year.
“He is a highly talented boy. I’m sure he will be a surprise entry in the prestigious junior squash event,” he told APP on Monday.
“I’m saying this not because he is my son but because I’ve seen his commitment and devotion with the game. I see my own past in him when I watch him practicing and doing hard work. He has all the guts to match my accomplishments,” said Jansher, who won a total of 99 professional titles and was ranked the World’s No. 1 for over 10 years dominating the British Open as well for six times.
Born on December 4, 2000, young Ali Sher will be part of Pakistan squad for Junior British Open, the World Junior Squash Circuit Tier 2 event, which would be held in Sheffield, England in January next year.
The event is considered the second most prestigious junior open squash championship in the squash history after the World Junior Squash Championships.
“The good thing about Ali Sher is that he spends a lot of time in training every day. I’m sure the hard work will pay him off and he will soon shine in Squash world,” said Jansher, who himself coaches his son.
He said that he had been consistently stating that talent- wise Pakistani players were matchless but they needed to improve their physical fitness.
“This is also true about Ali Sher. When he started playing I made it clear to him that squash is a game that requires high levels of physical fitness. There is a lot of muscular activity involved in it. Anyone wishing to become a great player must focus on increasing his endurance, strength, flexibility and speed. It is heartening to note that Ali Sher is focusing on all these aspects,” he added.— APP