Though never a great tournament player himself, Nazrullah Khan is considered to be the greatest of all the Khans teaching the game, and is, in a sense, the family philosopher. Relaxed and articulate, Nazrullah has made London's Junior Carlton Club a mecca for young players wishing to absorb his ideas about the relationship between squash, geometry and chess. Nazrullah believes the squash player should concentrate on two things: the shot being played and the tactical position he is trying to build up four or five shots hence—but he should always be aware that his opponent's next shot (like an unforeseen move in chess) may destroy the pattern he is trying to set up and force him to start all over.
Nazrullah's explanation of why the Khans are so good is that they start to play so young that they develop a phenomenal sense of anticipation. "They get to know by instinct," he says, "the shot their opponent will be forced to make nine times out of 10, and, thinking ahead, can race for the spot to which it will rebound almost before the shot is hit."
Not long ago, Azam Khan was asked how long he thought the family would dominate squash. His eyes brightened as he presumably thought about young members of the vast clan in Peshawar, Karachi and London arriving early at squash courts for free, expert instruction, consecrating themselves to the game the Khans have taken for their own. "Maybe forever," he said.