PETALING JAYA: National chief coach Jamshed Gul intends to send the national junior squash players to Pakistan instead of Europe for future training camps.
The reason for the change is to reduce the financial constraints on the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM).
Jamshed feels that in Pakistan, the national juniors will get good exposure sparring against top players, including reigning Under-15 British Junior Open champion Amir Atlas Khan and Under-17 British Open Junior runners-up Farhan Mehboob.
The players for the stint are those preparing for the World Junior Championship in Islamabad from Aug 23-28. They are Mohd Nafiizawan Mohd Adnan, Mohd Azfar Azad, Tan Tze Hion, Ivan Yuen, Elvinn Keo and Kamran Khan.
Jamsed added that if the players were of the same calibre as the top two players in the country, Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Azlan Iskandar, it would be wise to send them for stints in the more competitive centres in Europe.
“But they are not and it's better for them to go to Pakistan where the standard is slightly lower. Once the players improve, we will send them to Europe,” he said.
Jamshed also intends to hold a squash camp in Kuala Lumpur for the national senior players in June.
“Beng Hee, Azlan, Nicol (David) and Sharon (Wee) will be back in KL in early June. I intend to use that time to hold a camp for the senior players,” said Jamshed.
Meanwhile, Beng Hee and Mohd Azlan remained at 14th and 29th spot respectively in this month's men's world rankings. The biggest Malaysian mover was Timothy Arnold, who went up 12 rungs to 158th spot.
In the women's world rankings, Nicol and Sharon remained in eighth and 20th spot.