Squash Sports Pakistani Team
In Quest of Real Heroes of Pakistan: Jahangir Khan the King of Squash
Squash World Champion Jahangir Khan... ... from Pakistan
Jahangir Khan Plays Squash
National Squash championship inaugurated in Rawalpindi
AchievementsThe torch lit by Jahangir Khan was handed down to Jansher Khan, another teenaged prodigy. Within a few months towards the end of 1987, young Jansher inflicted seven successive defeats on his countryman. Jahangir to wrest the top birth in the global rankings from Jahangir. The almost monotonous regularity and ease with which Jansher has beaten his compatriot portends a tremendous future for this scion of the Khan clan. Even at this early age Jansher Khan has come to be acknowledged by the world as one of all-time greats. Time alone will tell how great Jansher is destined to be. It is very gratifying to note that the two top berths in tile world ranking list are now held by Jansher and Jahangir. And the rest of the world is way behind these two great Pakistanis. Jansher has yet to prove his class in the British Open, the only contest which lie has not claimed during the twelve months or so. Even so lie has kept the Pakistan flying proudly high all this time. His meteoric rise has amazed the world; with fighting Pathan blood in his veins. Jansher has reached Olympian heights sooner than any of his predecessors. It will take a really great player to topple from his high perch. With youth on his side and indomitable talent to add to his indomitable spirit and "killer" instinct, Jansher is heading to rewrite the squash record book. He has already reached heights which none of his predecessors reached in such a short time.
ServiceThe players spin a racket to decide who serves first. This player starts the first rally by electing to serve from either the left or right service box. For a legal serve, one of the server's feet must be in the service box, not touching any part of the service box lines, as the player strikes the ball. After being struck by the racket, the ball must strike the front wall above the service line and below the out line and land in the opposite back quarter court. The receiving player can choose to volley a serve after it has hit the front wall. If the server wins the point, the two players switch sides for the following point.
PlayAfter the serve, the players take turns hitting the ball against the front wall, above the tin and below the out line. The ball may strike the side or back walls at any time, as long as it hits below the out line. It must not hit the floor after hitting the racket and before hitting the front wall. A ball landing on either the out line or the line along the top of the tin is considered to be out. After the ball hits the front wall, it is allowed to bounce once on the floor (and any number of times against the side or back walls) before a player must return it. Players may move anywhere around the court but accidental or deliberate obstruction of the other player's movements is forbidden. Players typically return to the centre of the court after making a shot.
Scoring systemsSquash scoring systems have evolved over time. One unusual system consists of sets of 21 points. If ever both players are on 20-20, then the game continues until there is 2 points difference between them. Players can decide how many sets they want to do. This scoring system is called the "Florian's System".
English scoringThe original scoring system is known as English scoring, also called hand-out scoring. Under this system, if the server wins a rally, they receive a point, while if the returner wins rally, only the service changes (i.e., the ball goes "hand-out") and no point is given. The first player to reach 9 points wins the game. However, if the score reaches 8–8, the player who was first to reach 8 decides whether the game will be played to 9, as before (called "set one"), or to 10 (called "set two"). At one time this scoring system was preferred in Britain, and also among countries with traditional British ties, such as Australia, Canada, Pakistan, South Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
Types of shots playedIn squash, there are many types of shots played that lead to interesting games and strategy.
- Straight drive: The ball is hit parallel and close to a side wall to travel deep to the back of the court (the 'basic' squash shot). Often referred to as a 'good length' shot.
- Boast: The ball is played off a side wall at an angle, or the back wall, before hitting the front wall. A 'three wall boast' has the ball hit at a side wall such that the ball hits the front wall followed by the opposite side wall before finally hitting the floor. A 'back wall boast' has the ball struck against the back wall before reaching the front wall. It is typically not recommended to beginners due to the risk of hitting spectators above and behind players on solid backed courts. A 'trickle boast' is a boast performed at a shallow angle with the front wall at a low trajectory. A 'reverse boast' is a boast played towards the sidewall furtherst from the striker. It is played rarely at high levels due to the high risk of hitting the opponent and the typical ease of counterattack.
- Volley: The ball is hit 'on the full' (before it touches the floor), usually directly to the front wall
- Drop shot: The ball is hit gently against the front wall, to fall softly to the floor in the front corner.
- Lob: The ball is hit softly and high on the front wall and with a high arc, so that it falls in a back corner of the court.
- Cross Court: The ball is hit against the front wall at an angle such that the ball lands on the opposite side of the court to the striker.
- Kill: The ball is hit hard and low on the front wall so that it travels no farther than half court.
- Nick : The ball is hit such that after striking the front wall the ball connects with the junction between the side wall and the floor. The result is the ball either bouncing minimally or 'rolling' out of the nick, ending the rally.
- Philadelphia (or corkscrew): A shot played diagonally upwards into the front corner hitting the front wall first and then the side wall. The ball then lobs over the court with significant spin. Ideally it hits the opposite side wall at the back and travels parallel to the rear wall making a return very difficult. This shot is a favourite in exhibition squash but is susceptible to being volleyed.
- Skid boast: A shot played from the back corners of the court where the ball is hit high along the sidewall with a small angle so that it hits the sidewall first, then hits high in the middle of the front wall continuing to cross the court while high in the air ideally hitting the opposite sidewall and landing close to the backwall to go past the opponent. As with the Philadelphia it is susceptible to being volleyed.