Pakistan defended their team title as they defeated Malaysia 2-1 in the final of 17th Asian Squash Team Championship in Hong Kong on Sunday. The team proved their mettle against Malaysia as emerging junior talent Nasir Iqbal continued to impress his opponents in the final as well.
Iqbal outplayed the seasoned Ong Beng Hee in the first match of the final. The teenager lost the first game 11-8, but made a strong comeback and took the remaining games 11-8, 11-5 and 11-6 as Pakistan went one up in the final tie. Farhan Zaman, however, lost the following match to Mohammad Nafiizwan Mohammad Adnan 3-2. Zaman won the first game 12-10, but lost the second 11-3. He took the third game to 11-9 but Adnan came back strongly and won the last two games for Malaysia 11-6 and 11-8.
In the third match, top seed Farhan Mehboob dominated his opponent and bagged the title for Pakistan when he outclassed Ivan Yeun Chee Wern 3-0. Meanwhile, the women’s team finished sixth in the tournament. They lost to South Korea 2-0 on the final day of the tournament.