PETALING JAYA: Pakistan's Jamshed Gul has resigned as chief coach of the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) just one month after accepting the job from the National Sports Council (NSC).
He said yesterday that he wanted to return home to be close to his family.
“I have no problem with the SRAM or the NSC. I just need to be with my family. My three children are very young and I want to be with them,” said the 42-year-old Jamshed.
“I am negotiating with the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) for a coaching job.”
The Pakistan coach submitted his letter of resignation dated March 1 to the SRAM and the NSC.
The NSC's director of international preparations, Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, said yesterday: “We received the letter last week and it came as a surprise because we had just renewed his contract last month.
“We called him up to find out what happened and he told us he had some personal problems in Pakistan and we accepted resignation.”
Shapawi added that under the contract, Jamshed was required to give three months' notice for termination of service.
“He is allowed to leave in one month's time but he will not be paid during the period.
“Jamshed has some accumulated leave and we expect him to leave after the middle of the month,” Shapawi said.
The NSC have directed the SRAM to pick a caretaker chief coach from their panel until a suitable replacement is found.
Among those on the SRAM's coaching panel are Raymond Arnold and Azfar Azan.
Jamshed joined the SRAM in April 1999 and his first assignment was to train Leong Siu Lynn for the 1999 World Women's Junior Championship in Antwerp.
He spent three months training her in Kota Baru before moving base to the National Sports Council Squash Centre Kuala Lumpur.
Jamshed has been coaching for the past 27 years. Prior to his appointment in Malaysia, he has had stints with the national teams of Kuwait (1987) and Qatar (1989).
He was also the coach of the Pakistan national team between 1995 and 1997. He also coached former world champion Jansher Khan in 1994.
The NSC appointed Jamshed to replace Raymond as the chief coach of the national team.
The NSC they felt that the Pakistani was being under utilised because he had only the elite players – Ong Beng Hee, Mohd Azlan Iskandar, Nicol David and Sharon Wee – under his charge.
Jamshed decision to quit will certainly disrupt the preparations of the national team for the Asian Championships in Bukit Jalil from June 18-26.
“I know I am leaving at a very crucial time because we have to build a strong team for Asian Championships.
“But I am sure that the Malaysian team will do well in the championships,” said Jamshed.
The SRAM played down Jamshed’s decision to quit.
“We were looking for two more foreign coaches. Now that he is leaving, we have to look for three,” said the SRAM secretary, Wong Ah Jit.
“Foreign coaches come and go. We will find a replacement soon.”