LAHORE: The opening ceremony of the 1st FMC Squash Premier League was held on Thursday with Provincial Minister for Sports Jahangir Khanzada, as the chief guest. The occasion also had the presence of greats like squash legends Jahangir Khan, Gogi Allaudin along with notables such as PCB Chairman, Shaharyar M Khan and Punjab Squash Association (PSA) President, Dr Nadeem Mukhtar.
The participating teams are: Servis Stars, FMC Strikers, Diamond Paints Lions, Treet Falcons, Trust Marwicks and Matrix Tigers.
Speaking on the occasion, PSA secretary Shiraz Saleem said “It is the first step towards promotion of squash in the country and we will conduct this league in each quarter of the year to boost strengthen our physically, mentally and financially. Gradually, we will make this league an international event, in which a great number of foreign players will take place and make it more action-packed”.
Jahangir Khan said that holding such a grand league was his dream, which was being fulfilled by Punjab Squash Association, which really deserves to be appreciated for this tremendous step. “I am confident that the holding such leagues of international standard will surely help in reviving Pakistan squash and regaining the past glory.”
Shaharyar Khan said that starting such a grand squash league was a commendable step taken by the Punjab Squash Association, which would surely bear fruit in the times to come. “I have witnessed the great era of Hashim Khan, and then Jahangir and Jansher’s, when our squash was on top. Now there is a dire need to pragmatic steps like this league to regain lost squash glory”