Nouran Gohar starts as the favourite in the 2022 CIB Egyptian Open ©Getty Images

The world's best players and reigning champions Nouran Gohar and Ali Farag will start as top seeds at the CIB Egyptian Open.

Set to start tomorrow in the backdrop of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Professional Squash Association World Tour Platinum event will conclude on September 25.

A total prize money of $600,000 (£520,088/€599,082) - a record amount for a Platinum event - has been announced.

Egyptian Gohar won seven PSA titles last season, starting with the Egyptian Open, where she beat world champion and compatriot Nour El Sherbini.

Their rivalry is set for another exciting season.

World number three Hania El Hammamy, also of Egypt, will be looking to challenge the top two players in the world for the title.

Joel Makin of Wales has withdrawn from the tournament ©Getty Images
Joel Makin of Wales has withdrawn from the tournament ©Getty Images

Among men, Farag, who is the reigning world champion, will see second seed and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paul Coll of New Zealand as the main rival.

The 21-year-old third seed Mostafa Asal of Egypt, meanwhile, will look to upset the experienced duo in front of home fans.

Meanwhile, Joel Makin of Wales and India’s Joshna Chinappa are the big names who have withdrawn from the tournament.

Egypt’s Marwan El Shorbagy will replace Makin, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games silver medallist.

Chinappa’s withdrawal opened the door for two Egyptians - Yathreb Adel and Sana Ibrahim - to move into seeding positions.