PETALING JAYA: The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) have made a recommendation to the National Sports Council (NSC) to re-hire Pakistan coach Jamshed Gul.
The 45-year-old Jamshed quit the national elite team three years ago and the SRAM are expecting him to make a return next month.
The acting SRAM secretary, Ahmad Rizal Che Din, said: Jamshed is now in Pakistan. We are just waiting for the approval from the NSC to bring him back.
The Pakistani has a good track record with SRAM having played a big role to help mould the likes of national number two and world number 18 Mohd Azlan Iskandar.
He joined the SRAM in April 1999 and his first assignment was to train Leong Siu Lynn for the 1999 women's world junior championship. He spent three months preparing Siu Lynn in Kota Baru before moving base to the National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Jamshed has been coaching for the past 27 years. Prior to his appointment in Malaysia, he 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.
However, Jamshed resigned after just one month into the job as SRAM's national chief coach in March 2004. He left to work with Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) and his contract ended last year.
Jamshed expressed his interest to return to KL recently when he worked with national number one and world number 16 Ong Beng Hee for a few weeks before the Doha Asiad in December.
Beng Hee was without his regular coach, David Pearson, who was with his other players in Belfast for the women's World Open.
Beng Hee went on to win the Asiad gold medal, beating Azlan in the final.