This is a story of pride, determination, cultural divides and deeply personal “Recollections”. Experience those moments and exciting reports of Khan’s professional sports career, then come away knowing Sharif Khan, the man.
From 1968 to 1982, Sharif Khan won almost every major North American hardball squash tournament in the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, in addition to his World No. 4 ranking and his semifinal placing in the British Open international softball tournament during this same time period. Most of Khan’s records have never and probably will never be matched even as the game itself is evolving.
Born in Pakistan, raised in the simple but idyllic village of Nawakille, he was uprooted from his childhood at age 11 and sent to Millfield, a posh prep school in Somerset, UK. Sharif was on the path of the ‘outlier’ to become a great sports champion, feted as the eldest son of the Pakistani national sports hero Hashim Khan. But personal costs were high with separation and cultural confusion taking a toll on such a young life.
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About the Author
This is a first effort as a co-author, in interpreting Sharif's voice written in his Recollections throughout this work. It was a great pleasure to work with the talented Rob Dinerman. The collaboration between Sharif, Rob and me was truly a rewarding experience over the past year.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. CHAPTER ONE: THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY 7
2. CHAPTER TWO: LIFE AT MILLFIELD AND TIMES IN LONDON 41
3. CHAPTER THREE: HOME IN THE U.S.A. 81
4. CHAPTER FOUR: THE NORTH AMERICAN 102
5. CHAPTER FIVE: THE FLYING CIRCUS AND SOME BRILLIANT LESSONS LEARNED 110
6. CHAPTER SIX: DEFENDING THE CROWN AND OTHER TESTS 126
7. CHAPTER SEVEN: TIME FOR SECOND CHANCES 171
8. CHAPTER EIGHT: LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE 191
SHARIF KHAN’S GRAND SLAM EVENTS RECORDS 206-208
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 209