KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will bid for an immediate return to the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone Group II in Sri Lanka this week.
Malaysia were in Group II last year but lost to Taiwan and Kuwait to be relegated to Group III this season.
But the four-man side comprising Ahmed Deedat Abdul Razak, Assri Merzuki, Koay Hao Sheng and Christian Didier Chin are determined to help Malaysia return to the second tier by finishing in the top two in the nine-team competition which gets under way in Colombo today.
Malaysia are in Group B with Lebanon, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turk-menistan. Group A has hosts Sri Lanka, Syria, Pacific Oceania and Jordan.
The top two teams from each group will meet in the crossover semi-finals. The finalists will be promoted to Group II next year.
Sri Lanka, ranked world No. 78, are the top seeds followed by Lebanon (No. 88) and Malaysia (No.89).
Malaysia coach Muliyadi Jamal has called on his charges to brace themselves for a tricky battle.
“All our rivals are formidable, so we need to be at our best in every single match. They must try to win all the matches,” said Muliyadi.
Malaysia will open their campaign against Turkmenistan today.