ISLAMABAD - The hard work of Pakistan squash team head coach Jamshed Gul is paying dividend with each passing day.
Jamshed has done wonders for Pakistan squash, the federation and the players, who were down and out before his arrival and were nowhere in the PSA top 100 rankings with the only exception of Amir Atlas Khan but ever since PSF appointed Jamshed, same players have been performing on consistent basis.
Farhan Mehboob and Farhan Zaman are the clear examples of Jamshed’s hard work as both these players were not performing well especially Farhan Mehboob was long written off by the critics but Jamshed put a new life in both Farhans. Despite being well short of match fitness, mental and physical toughness, Farhan Mehboob silenced his critics by playing superb squash and won the $15,000 CNS International Squash Championship 2013 held in Karachi.
Jamshed is at the helm of affairs of squash for less than two years, but he has already showed glimpses of his class and ability and shut his critics’ mouths with unmatched results, but reasons best known to some associations, who are not happy with his performances and wanted him to be replaced, terming his track record as unsatisfactory. Actually, they are not against Jamshed or the federation, in fact they are against players and the country, as they are fully aware of the fact that Jamshed had coached many international countries and players and he had a number of offers but preferred his beloved country to others to help it regain past glories.
Jamshed’s departure at this stage can spell disaster for Pakistan squash and the players like Farhan Mehboob, Farhan Zaman and Nasir Iqbal have to pay a very heavy price for that because it was extraordinary coaching of Jamshed which enabled them finish on a very high in 2013. Farhan Zaman broke into top 60 in the PSA rankings and by the end of this month, he will be in the top 50. He won two titles in Pakistan, one in US and entered the final of one and also played two semifinals in US which raised his PSA rankings. It is purely due to the tireless efforts of coach and the PSF, which, despite very limited funds, acted very positively and not only sent Farhan Zaman but also other players for the PSA events, US programme and now it is ready to spend huge amount on players in the near future.
The PSF should offer a long-term contract to Jamshed instead of offering short one-year contract to wade off interests of others and ensure he will remain at the helm of affairs for a long period of time. Until he remains the coach, he will continue helping the players to perform well and earn laurels for the country.
The conspirators should be kept at bay and the message from the federation to all such conspirators should be loud and clear. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the PSF is round the corner and they will be very much there so the federation should clearly inform them that the federation takes all the decisions not the associations as their job is just to hunt grassroots level talent and recommend them to the federation. If coach doesn’t give satisfactory results, it is federation’s right to show him door, but when the results are crystal clear and players are winning not only the PSA titles but also team and individual events, then it will be clear dishonesty to even think about intriguing against coach or the federation. The matter of the fact is that some of the associations have done nothing on ground for the past many years and want to hide their shortcomings by putting blame on others.
PSF senior vice president Air Vice Marshal Syed Razi Nawab and secretary Amir Nawaz should suggest president Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt to hand Jamshed a long-term contract to enable him to fully concentrate on working and grooming players to regain lost squash glories.