Jansher Khan (born 15 June 1969, in Peshawar, Pakistan) is a former World No. 1 professional Pakistani squash player. During his career he won the World Open a record eight times, and the British Open six times.
For many years the name Khan had been synonymous with success in the game of squash. Unlike his older rival, Jahangir Khan (no relation), Jansher did not emerge from a squash-playing dynasty. Jansher Khan is ethnic Pashtun and he is from Nawai Kalai, Peshawar. His father was a storekeeper on the Pakistan Air Force payroll. Two of his older brothers, however, excelled at the sport. He currently lives in Peshawar with his wife, Naseem, and their 2 Sons and 3 Daughters.
Jansher won the World Junior Squash Championship title in 1986 And At Same Year He Won Record The Youngest Player to Become Senior World Champion and also Became Professional that year. At the time, the men’s professional tour was dominated by another great Pakistani player – Jahangir Khan. 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 Ten consecutive encounters Years. 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.
Khan’s wiry frame, lightning reflexes, and speed were complemented by great racketwork and a relentless training regimen that outstripped those of his contemporaries. In spite of his obvious talent, however, his pathway into the history books was also strewn with a number of public incidents, embarrassments, and arguments. Occasionally in unimportant matches he gave the impression of not playing as hard as he could, but Khan dismissed his critics, “I am the world champion, but I am not a machine that always wins and gets it right.” His high, clipped way of speaking also made it difficult for him to project himself, which thus helped to earn him a label as unfriendly to the media.
In 1997 Khan’s tally of British Open titles reached six, its apex, but the measure of his domination over the sport was clearly evident with his eight World Open triumphs. 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 8 years.
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”, by then, however, his previous excellence on the international stage was on the wane. He lost in the opening round of the event to England’s Scott Handley 11–9, 6–11, 6–11 0–11.
In October 2011, It was revealed that Jansher was suffering from Parkinsonism and is currently being treated in Pakistan,America,Australia,UK. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is the world’s most famous Parkinson’s patient. Dr Zafar, who is supervising Jansher’s treatment said, “There is no cure of this disease but we have the sort of treatment available today that can slow it down”. It is sad news for Pakistan’s sports community for whom the Peshawar-born Jansher is an all-time great. He is inarguably one of the most successful players in the history of squash. May Allah SWT grant him health, aameen.