PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Sepaktakraw Association (PSM) have done away with the national back-up squad.
And all the players have been promoted to the national side, bolstering the squad to 29 players.
The move was carried out earlier this month at the request of the National Sports Council (NSC).
A number of seasoned players, including 2011 Indonesian SEA Games bronze medallist Mohd Fadzli Mohd Roslan (regu) and Mohd Helmi Ismail (team), have been included in the squad. Tekong Noor Azman Abdul Hamid, however, failed to make the team.
Head coach Jamaluddin Hassan was delighted with the move.
“We now have a wider pool of players to select for our assignments and that’s a positive move. We have four to five coaches working on the players,” said Jamaluddin.
“For now, Noor Azman is not in the squad but we have included Helmi and Fadzli. It’s not unusual for players to come back after a few years away from the national squad. It helps re-invigorate the squad.
“We’ve always adopted a rotation system. It’s not something new and these players with their level of exposure and experience will benefit the squad,” he added.
Malaysia were the losing finalists on all three legs of the ISTAF SuperSeries.
They lost to South Korea (3-0) in New Delhi and twice to Thailand 3-0 (Bangkok) and 3-2 (Kota Kinabalu). Jamaluddin’s main priority now is to whip the team up for the ISTAF SuperSeries Finals at the Titiwangsa Stadium in Kuala Lumpur from March 5-9.