Jansher hopes his son will follow his feats
ISLAMABAD—Legendary Jansher Khan believes his son Ali Sher Khan will emulate his feats and help the country regain lost glory in squash.
“Ali Sher Khan has deep interest in Squash and he is the best under 17 player at present. I’ve a lot of expectations from him. I’m sure he’ll help Pakistan reclaim lost status in squash,” Jansher told APP on Monday.
He said Ali Sher had all the potential to excel in Squash and create upset when he features in British Junior Open, early next year.
“I’m sure he’ll be a surprise entry in the prestigious junior squash event. 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 World Open title for record consecutive eight years besides winning British Open for six years and Super Series for four 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 consid- ered the second most prestigious junior open squash championship in the squash history after the World Junior Squash Championships.
“I myself coach him. The good thing about him is that he spends a lot of time in training every day. I’m sure the hard work will pay him off and he’ll soon be a big name in the game of Squash,” said Jansher, who is also advisor to Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) Air Chief Marshall Sohail Aman Khan.
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.
To a query, he said that Pakistan players were being provided world class facilities and it was a positive sign that youngsters were showing keen interest in squash.—APP