Pak players may miss out on squash tourney in Chennai

By NT Bureau Published on Apr 25, 2017 05:12 PM IST

Chennai: The 19th Asian Individual Squash Championship begins here tomorrow but there is no certainty over the participation of Pakistani players as yet.

"We have not received any e-mail message so far on this," championship director Cyrus Poncha said today about the reported visa problems faced by the Pakistani players.

"Should a problem arise and the Pakistani authorities inform us that their players are unable to make it, then the draw would be suitably adjusted because only one of their players is among top eight seeds," he told reporters.

Four Pakistani players feature in the draw with Farhan Mehboob seeded eighth.

A Pakistani media report said Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) is considering pulling out of the championship after India’s delay in issuing visas to the players. It quoted sources as saying that Pakistan is now unlikely to travel for the championship because there’s not much time left and it would be frustrating for the players to make last-moment arrangements.

The tournament features players from 12 countries, including hosts India.