Being poor, his father could not afford rackets and balls with which his son could play but this never dampened his spirit and zeal and he practiced with a taped broken ball.
Qamar Zaman was one of the leading players of squash in 1970s and 1980s. In 1968, his victory in the finals of the Pakistan Junior Squash Championship brought him to limelight. In 1973, Qamar Zaman made it to the semifinals of the British Amateur Squash Championship. 1974 brought him the Australian Amateur Championship title and a place in the semis of the British Open championship.
The following year proved to be quite lucky for Qamar Zaman as he crushed the defending champion Australian Geoff Hunt in the quarter-finals of the British Open and then wiped out compatriot Gogi Alauddin in straight sets in the finals to win the prestigious British Open title; on January of 1975, he won the British Open Squash Championship. Qamar Zaman has won a total of four silver medals in 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984 and two bronze medals in 1976 and 1981.
Qamar Zaman was often referred to as the “wizard” and “magician” of squash. He stunned his opponents with his masterful strokes. The drop shot was his forte and his superior stroke playing ability left his opponents confused.
Qamar Zaman was a gentleman both on and off the court and is also known for his humility besides his squash skills. He was awarded with the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan for his services in 1984.