|Biographical detail : ||A Pakistani squash player.
Hashim broke the monopoly of the Egyptians at squash and went to become the father of the modern game. He began as a ball boy, in Peshawar, learning squash by playing against himself at night, by moonlight, in an open stone-floored court. Because he was so small he began by holding the racket well up the handle, a habit he never abandoned.
In 1950 he was sent to England as an official Pakistani entrant for the British Open, regarded as the unofficial world championship. In the final he defeated the world champion, Mahmoud Karim of Egypt. Hashim was accorded a hero’s welcome when he returned home. He was an engaging sight on court: with a barrel chest and a nearly baldhead, he moved around the court like lightening.
Hashim won the British Open seven times before moving to the US to teach professionally. Herbert Warren Wind wrote in The New Yorker. “The more I think about it the more convinced I am that the greatest athlete for his age the world has ever seen may well be Hashim Khan.”