Pak squash great Jansher Khan to make a comeback in London

London, Sept 19 : Former squash world champion Jansher Khan of Pakistan, who retired in 1998, is all set to make a comeback when he competes in the inaugural London Open at the Cumberland Club here next month.

One of the greatest squash players of all-time, 38-year-old Jansher will make his first international appearance since winning the last of his 99 Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour titles in 1998.

Handed a wild card by event promoter Zubair Jahan Khan-- the former world No 9 now coaching at Cumberland-- Jansher will face Englishman Scott Handley, the third seed from Oxfordshire, in the first round of the London Open on October 11, The Nation reported.

If Jansher progressed through to the final on October 14 and wins the event, the success would mark his 100th Tour title, a PSA release said.

Jansher enjoyed a distinguished career in the sport. After winning the World Junior Championship title in 1986, he went on to collect a host of PSA Tour titles, including six British Open trophies and a record eight World Open crowns.

Besides Jansher, fifth seeded Khawaja Adil Maqbool and the second seeded Shahid Zaman are the other Pakistanis featuring in the event. In the women's first round, Carla Khan will face Adel Weir of South Africa. (With inputs from ANI)