Much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Pakistan as the distressed situation of the sport in what was once the game’s leading nation is reflected in the world rankings.
Pakistani players, who once literally ruled the game, have now fallen out of the elite top 50 perhaps for the first time since the rankings began.
Aamir Atlas Khan, who has been top ranked Pakistani player in the international circuit, has fallen 15 places from 50th this month to occupy 65th place.
Pakistan has a glorious past in the game of squash. Pakistan has produced legendary players like Hashim Khan, Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan. Jahangir and Jansher still hold world records in the game.
The USA-based Yasir Butt has now overtaken Aamir by jumping 16 places in the rankings and he now occupies 59th spot.
Nasir Iqbal has moved a place up to 81st place while Danish Atlas Khan has slumped eight places to 94th spot. Farhan Zaman has been unmoved at 95th place.