Pakistan's Qamar Zaman, ranked number 2 in the world, has won the International Squash Players Association Championship for the second time in three years.
TOP VIEW INTERIOR Rally during second game Qamar Zaman on left in white - Zaman takes point with clash of rackets
TV Play in third set for game point Zaman hits into tin to give Mohibullah Khan set and crowd applaud
CU Spectators watching match
TV Match ball in final set which ends in let
TV Match ball, Zaman walks to right and serves, winning game by mistake from Khan and players shake hands and walk off
SV Final scoreboard
SV Abbey Life Assurance Chairman Mr. Fred Richardson presents winner's trophy to Zaman
In the third place off - G. Alauddin (Pakistan) beat Maqsood Ahmed (Pakistan) 5-9, 7-9, 9-5, 9-4, 9-6.
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Background: Pakistan's Qamar Zaman, ranked number 2 in the world, has won the International Squash Players Association Championship for the second time in three years. He defeated fellow countryman Mohibullah Khan, 9-5, 9-1, 7-9, 2-9, 9-7 in Southampton, U.K., on Wednesday (13 February). But it took almost one and three quarters -hours before Zaman could reclaim the title he lost to Geoff Hunt last year (1979).
SYNOPSIS: The first major event of the British circuit was a chance for the world's leading professionals to prepare for next month's open championship. In the absence of current world champion, Geoff Hunt, the final brought together the two players ranked immediately below him. Qamar Zaman, in white, and Mohibullah Khan, justified their top seedings at Southampton.
Zaman won the first two games, and in this the third, led 5-4. He was playing winners from every part of the court, and looked set to easily maintain his success in recent meetings between these two. But Mohibullah withstood the pressure, committing Zaman to long and tiring rallies with fewer opportunities to indulge in spectacular stroke-making. With his opponent's line and length improving, Zaman began to make mistakes, and eventually lost the third game 7-9.
Eight hundred and thirty spectators watched Mohibullah storm through the fourth game in only seven minutes to draw level. It was the first time squash had been played in a collapsible court on stage. The official attendance at the Gaumont theatre was more than double the capacity of Britain's purpose built squash centres. It was a tiring match lasting 100 minutes. The final game contained thirty lets and a penalty before Zaman forced an error on his second match point.
His victory won Zaman 2,200 pounds (5,000 dollars) from the championship sponsors, Abbey Life Assurance.