Jansher Khan - Jansher Excels
Written by Pakistanica/Pakistani Books   

SQUASH Maestro Jansher Khan, who on Nov 11, surpassed Jahangir Khan's six-wins mark in the Nicosia World Open, has reached the half way stage by equalling tge senior Khan's record of ten victories in the Pakistan Open, which ended on Sunday at the DHA Complex.


The "brilliant top seed Jansher, record holder of seven wins in the World virtually outplayed Australian challenger Rodney Eyles, the World no. 2;in 43 minutes for a score of 35-12, 15-11, l5-11 to retain the trophy for his fifth triumph.

The 26-ycar-old Khan from Peshawar 5 till needs five more victories for equalling Jahangir's record and one more success for bettering it. The task is dimming and demanding but Jansher Khan — if he remains immune from injury and cuts down his participation in ihe PSA Super Series — can accomplish the job for maintaining the country's domination in the Pakistan Open.

Since the Pakistan Squash Federation would be staging the World Open, next year, there might be no Pakistan Open as we have done in 1993 when we staged both the World Open and the World Team Championship in Karachi.

The Khan's fifth victory on Sunday was not easy as he was fully extended by the Canadian qualifiers Jonathan Powers. The Khan was two games down when he fought back magnificently for a 14-17,12-15,15-8, 15-3, 15-12 win in his way to the semi-final in a fiercely contested march marred by several decisions diputfed by the Canadian. It happened mostly in the fifth and last game.

Jansher Khan, after retailing the title told mediamen, that he had a bad day in the semi-final hut he was nonetheless confident to overcome the Canadian challenge. He, however, defended the referee saying his is a tough job.




Rodney Eyles, 28 and seeded second, was the fourth foreigner and the third Australian after Chris Pirtmar and Ross Thorne, to reach the final in the 15 years history of Pakistan Open, starred in 1980.

Pakistan Open, for the past two championships, has seen a notable change as Jansher Khan, the World Number One and top seed, is facing foreign challengers as home challenge is receding we have no other player towards whom we could look confidently making the final an all Pakistani affair as used to be on most of the occasion.

From WikiPedia:

Jansher Khan (born 15 June 1969, in Peshawar, Pakistan[1]) is a former World No. 1 professional squash player from Pakistan, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest squash players of all time. During his career he won the World Open a record eight times, and the British Open six times.

Jansher is of Pashtun ethnicity and belongs to Nuwai Kelai, Peshawar.[2] He came from a family of outstanding squash players. His brother Mohibullah Khan was one of the world's leading professional squash players in the 1970s. Another older brother, Atlas Khan, was a highly-rated amateur competitor.

Jansher won the World Junior Squash Championship title in 1986. He also turned professional that year. At the time, the men's professional tour was dominated by another Pakistani player – Jahangir Khan. (Jansher is not known to be directly related to Jahangir, but their families originate from the same village in the Peshawar region of northern Pakistan, so they may be distantly related). At the World Open in 1986, Ross Norman finally ended an unbeaten run by Jahangir in tournament play which had lasted a staggering five and a half years. But from 1987 onwards, Jahangir would no longer be able to tower over the game in the way he did during the first half of the decade, as Jansher quickly turned men's squash into a sport which now had two powerful dominant players. Jahangir won the pair's first few encounters in late-1986 and early-1987. Jansher then scored his first win over Jahangir in September 1987, beating him in straight games in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open. Jansher then went on to beat Jahangir in their next eight consecutive encounters. This included a win in the semi-finals of the 1987 World Open, following which Jansher claimed his first World Open title by beating Australia's Chris Dittmar in the final.

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Jahangir came back strongly in 1988. In March that year he claimed his first win over Jansher since the previous September, and then went on to win 11 of their next 15 encounters, including a win in the 1988 World Open final.

The Jansher-Jahangir rivalry would dominate squash in the late-1980s through to the early-1990s. The pair met total of 37 times in tournament play. Jansher won 19 matches (74 games and 1,426 points), and Jahangir 18 matches (79 games and 1,459 points). This record doesn't include exhibition matches and league matches between them.

With Jahangir reaching the twilight of his career and then retiring, Jansher came to establish himself as the sole dominant player in the game in the mid-1990s. He won a record total of eight World Open titles, the last being in 1996. He chose not to defend his World Open title in 1997 because the event was held in Malaysia, and he had a pending court order in Malaysia relating to maintenance payments for his son, Kamran Khan, following his separation from his Malaysian wife. Jahangir maintained a stranglehold on the British Open up to 1991 (he won the championship 10 consecutive times), but when he finally relinquished the title it was Jansher who claimed it for the next six successive years.

Jansher officially announced his retirement from squash in 2001. He won a total of 99 professional titles and was ranked the World No. 1 for over six years.

In July 2006, Jansher was in the international headlines again when he was arrested in Pakistan for allegedly forcefully occupying a house over an ownership dispute, and harassing a woman and her family and threatening them with an illegal firearm.[3][4]

In August 2007, Jansher announced that he was coming out of retirement to play in a Professional Squash Association tournament in London in October 2007. He said in a news conference that the reason for his comeback was that, "I feel I am mentally and physically fit to play the international circuit for another three to four years".[5] He lost in the opening round of the event to England's Scott Handley 11–9, 6–11, 6–11 0–11.[6]

In October 2011, It was revealed that Jansher was suffering from Parkinsonism and is currently being treated in Pakistan. [7]