Ghosal top draw in Kolkata International squash

World No. 11 ranked Squash player Saurav Ghosal has decided to skip the national championship this year due to busy schedule.

Ghosal, who won the Kolkata International in 2015, is the favorite for the 2018 edition.   -  PTI

India’s men’s squash ace Saurav Ghosal will be the top draw in the Kolkata International, a $30,000 PSA tournament, which will be held here at the Calcutta Racket Club from November 7 to 11. The event is a part of the 225th anniversary celebrations of the country’s oldest squash club.

Ghosal, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the world, will have for company a few names from the top-50 of the world rankings. The draw features names like world No. 27 Zahed Salem and world No. 34 Youssef Soliman of Egypt. Others big names in the draw of 32 include, Todd Harrity (world No. 48) of the U.S.A, Nathan Lake (world No. 56) of England and the Indians Harinder Pal Sandhu (world No. 59) and Ramit Tandon (world No. 68).

Ghosal, who beat the former World No.1 Marwan El Shorbagy in the final of a similar tournament held here in 2015, will be the overwhelming favourite once again.  Enjoying the best ever ranking of his career, Ghosal has decided to skip national championship this time citing an “extremely busy” international schedule. The 32-year-old player, who has almost but realised the goal of breaking into the top-10 of the world rankings, is preparing for a string of PSA events in the next few months.

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“There is a big event in Hong Kong at the end of this month and then there is another one in Egypt in the first week of December. So starting with the Asian Games in August, I will end up playing nine events in about four months which is a lot. So, I just feel that this is an objective decision rather than an emotional one,” Ghosal said about his decision to skip the Nationals.