Mohibullah Khan, often referred to by the nickname “Mo Khan“, was a squash player from Pakistan. He was one of the leading players in the game in the 1960s and a member of the famous Khan Dynasty of squash. His biggest triumph was winning the British Open in 1963.
Mo was the nephew of the two most dominant Pakistani squash players ofthe 1950s – the brothers Hashim Khan and Azam Khan. He was also the nephew of Roshan Khan, winner of the British Open in 1957. Roshan is the father of Jahangir Khan, regarded as the greatest squash player in history. During the 1950s and 1960s, Mo and his uncles Hashim, Azam, and Roshan dominated the sport by capturing almost every major professional squash competition.
Mo finished runner-up at the British Open to his uncle Azam in 1959, 1961 and 1962. (The British Open was considered to be the effective world championship of the sport at the time.) He then won the British Open in 1963 in dramatic fashion. In the final against A.A. AbouTaleb of Egypt.
In 1963, following his winning of the British Open, Mo secured the backing of United States President John F. Kennedy to move to the US and take up a position as a squash professional at the Harvard Club in Boston. He spent most of the years following his move the States playing and teaching squash’s North American game.
Though this change of both environment and emphasis would exact a price in the form of Mo’s straight-set semi-final loss to Michael Oddy in the 1963 British Open, it was undoubtedly a smart career move for this volatile extrovert, whose exceptional shotmaking skills were perfectly tailored to the North American game. While the formidable records of both Hashim and Azam were predicated on solid error-free play and relentless retrieving, Mohibullah evinced a crowd-pleasing flair for the spectacular.
Mo died in 1994 at age 56 when he suddenly collapsed and died at the Harvard Club after giving a lesson that ended mere moments before.