PETALING JAYA: The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) have confirmed that they are likely to have selection trials for all the upcoming major team events at one go.
With the Asian Team Championship (June 11-15) in Hong Kong, the Commonwealth Games (July 23-Aug 3) in Glasgow, Asian Games (Sept 19-Oct 4) in Incheon. as well as the Women’s World Team Championship from Dec 1-6 in Niagara, Canada, SRAM will have a major selection headache, especially with the lack of quality depth in the team.
“We are aware that the players want to know if there will be a selection. We have decided that there will be and it will be held at the end of this month so there should be a month for them to prepare for it,” said SRAM general manager Christopher Brodie.
“Right now we are drafting out the final details and we will inform the players within this week.
“As for what the selection is for, it is likely for all the team events for the year,” added Christopher.
The women’s team should not be too hard to pick with world No. 1 Nicol David and world No. 7 Low Wee Wern being automatic selections. National No. 3 Delia Arnold should also be a shoo-in, despite a recent slump of form to No. 40 in the world, given her experience competing at the Asian Games.
The final slot in the team should be a stiff battle between national No. 4 Zulhijjah Azan who is No. 75 in the world, with promising youngsters such as Vanessa Raj (No. 77), Rachel Arnold (No. 78) and Teh Min Jie (No. 107) pushing hard.
It will be tougher choosing the players for the men’s team although new national No. 1 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (No. 33) and veteran Ong Beng Hee (No. 34) are definitely in the team.
Ivan Yuen (No. 71), who has won three tournaments this year, should make the grade given Mohd Asyraf Azan (No. 64)’s six month-suspension for indiscipline.
The final place in the team will be a fight between Valentino Bon Jovi Bong, and youngsters Sanjay Singh Chal, Mohd Addeen Idrakie, Gurshan Singh, Mohd Hannan Tarmidi and Mohd Syafiq Kamal, although 2010 Asian Games gold medalist Mohd Azlan Iskandar could make a return from retirement for the Commonwealth Games, especially since there will be doubles events.
“Delia is experienced enough so it is likely she may not need to go for the trials. It should be for the last slot in the team.
“As for the men, we may still need to chose the third and fourth member of the team,” explained Christopher.