The Cricket Club of India (CCI) has increased the prize money from $ 15,000 to $ 25,000 for the CCI-PSA International Squash Championship to be played at the club’s squash courts from July 1 to 6.

``I was able to convince the CCI executive committee to increase the prize money this year itself in order to attract some of the top 30 players in the world,’’ said Naval Pandole, Secretary, Squash Committee and Vice-Chairman, CCI. The club has excellent air-conditioned glass courts.

India’s world no 16 player Saurav Ghosal, the promising Mahesh Mangaonkar, Harinder Pal Sandhu (wild card), Ravi Dixit, Ramit Tandon, Kush Kumar and many other Indians will feature in the competition. The top overseas players include Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee, Egypt’s Mohd. Ali Anwar Reda and Kuwait’s Abdullah Al Muzayen.

``There is a lack of international squash tournaments in India and the idea is to have more events and provide exposure to our young generation players. India has got a lot of talent and we are trying to make a pathway for the youth,’’ said Pandole.

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