Government Attention is needed for the survival of Squash:Farhan Mehboob

Cricket is the most popular sport of pakistan. Every pakistani player is popular in the country. The younger generation is crazy about cricket and their of of discussion usually revolve around the cricket but their is a sport which has given the people of pakistan more reasons to cheer about. It is none other than squash. The legacy of the game is set by the legendary Jahangir khan. He has won many matches and titles for pakistan. After him some other players also carried forward that legacy but in past few years the game of squash has seen a major decline in pakistan.

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Still there are some younger players which are trying to keep this wonderful sport alive with in the country. Farhan Mehboob is one of the young players who play professional squash for pakistan. Farhan Mehboob is a top Pakistani professional squash player from Peshawar. He is nephew of the former eight times world squash champion Jansher Khan. Farhan is one of the best left handed stroke expert player, this is the quality which he have after the great legend Qamar Zaman. He reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 16 in May 2009. Farhan is 9 times national champion and former Pakistan number 1 player. Farhan was part of the gold medal winning team at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. He has won many national and international titles and reached finals of innumerable tournaments. 


Farhan Mehboob is coached by his father Mehboob Khan, Jansher Khan's brother-in-law, Farhan first came to international attention when he won the British Junior U15 Open title in January 2002. A little more than a year later, the left-hander clinched the Asian Junior U19 Championship crown, when just 14 years old! Four years later, Farhan reclaimed the Asian Junior title, and later in 2007 - while still a junior - he reached his first PSA Tour final, in Karachi. Seeded seven, Farhan made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals of the CNS International where be beat third-seeded younger cousin Aamir Atlas Khan for the first time. After despatching experience compatriot Mansoor Zaman, the No2 seed in the semis, Farhan bravely bowed out to Egyptian favourite Karim Darwish in the final. Just outside the world Top 50 at the beginning of 2008, Farhan enjoyed a meteoric rise over the year - which was kicked off in May when he clinched his first Tour title at the President PSF International in Abbottabad. Farhan doubled his Tour title count six months later when - again on home soil - he took the CNS International crown in Karachi, beating Aamir 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7 in the final. The 20-year-old celebrated his fifth appearance in a PSA final in November in his country's most prestigious event, the Pakistan Open - but this time went down in four games to cousin Aamir.

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By the end of 2008, Farhan had soared 32 places in the PSA world rankings to finish the year in the top 20 for the first time.
And after a 2009 campaign which included quarter-final berths in the KL Open and the Hurghada International in Egypt, Farhan recorded a career-high world No16 ranking in May. Mehboob continued his strong form in 2010 as he lifted the Jena Real Estate Squash Champs after beating Abdullah Al Muzayen over four games. The Pakistani then backed this up with a final appearance at the PSF CAA Pakistan International Squash Circuit in 2010 but was unable to find a victory in his home nation as he lost out to fellow countryman Aamir Atlas Khan. 2011 brought another title for Mehboob when he lifted the CAS International title after beating Mansoor Zaman in the final.

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Mehboob was unable to discover form in 2012 and consequently saw him slip out of the world’s top 100 for the first time since 2006, however he did break back into the top 100 in 2014.
Mehboob overcame his young brother, Waqar in the final of the 4th FMC International Men’s Squash Championship in 2016 to lift a sixth PSA World Tour title of his career. Later on in the year, he also went onto lift the PSA M25 title at the Serena Hotels CAS International Squash Championship beating Farhan Zaman. The next year, Mehboob continued his title winning exploits when he stormed to victory in the final of the President Gold Cup International Squash Tournament in 2017, defeating Leo Au to lift his eighth PSA World Tour title.

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In an interview he said that his favourite player is his uncle Jansher khan. He considerd Jansher khan as his hero. He also shown ample interest to service pakistan through his experience after the retirement. Talking about the support of the federation he said the federation support him well given the fact that they have limited resources. They are very polite and gentle and provide the moral support as well. The federation always support the player who have the will to do something special for the country. He also said that government attention is needed for the survival of Squash. The game of the squash is an individual game and the kit is very expensive so every one couldn't afford that he added. In the end he said that he belongs to peshawar but he considered himself as a proud pakistani and have dream to do something special for Pakistan and he gave his juniors the same advice that Pakistan always comed first.