LAHORE    -   Rising star Farhan Hashmi has said that he is training hard and keen to win international squash titles for Pakistan. 

Talking to The Nation, Hashmi said: “I am currently on Senior Tour of PSA in America and has played many events. in which, I have won New Jersey Life Time 1K event and has played Atlanta Open and Houston Open worth 12,000$ and 6,000$ respectively. 

“Before coming to America, I stopped in Dubai to train with my brother Salman Hashmi, where I had pleasure watching him train­ing with world number 17 Saurav Ghosal. These two months train­ing have really helped me a lot in maturing my game and I hope to give better performances in com­ing future events while repre­senting Pakistan,” he added. 

He further said: “I stared play­ing squash at the age of 9 and won numerous national and in­ternational junior tournaments including Single Junior Champi­onship U-15, CAS Junior Open U-17 and U-19 CAS Junior Open. “My international junior achieve­ments include winner of Doha Ju­nior Championship U-17, bronze medal in Hong-Kong Junior U-19 and runner-up of Qatar Junior U-17. My biggest junior achieve­ment was winning the Asian Team Championship Thailand and represented Pakistan in the World Juniors,” he added. 

“My brother Salman Hashmi, who was at that time based in Dubai as a squash coach in Avia­tion Club, working with the UAE Squash Association on junior squash development programme. Salman himself has played top level squash and has a vast expe­rience of international squash. He worked specifically on my core is­sues in technical aspects and un­derstanding of different aspects of match, how to tackle each play­er’s weak points. 

“After training under Salman for eight weeks, I returned home and got selected for Pakistan national squad to represent the country in Asian Junior and World Juniors in 2018. I would also thankful to SNGPL, who has been my sponsor and constantly supporting me in achieving my dream of winning international squash laurels for Pakistan,” Hashmi concluded