Tournament-starved Ameerul eyes fruitful World Cup debut

PETALING JAYA: Come Nov 11, national bowler Tun Ameerul Hakim Tun Hasnul Azam (pic) will make his debut in the IBF World Cup which is previously known as the AMF World Cup.

The 23-year-old from Perak is looking forward to his first big competition of the year after missing out on the World Games and SEA Games.

An announcement by the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) confirmed that Ameerul is one of the four men selected for the competition in Queensland, Australia, from Nov 11 to 23.

The others selected were Rafiq Ismail, Timmy Tan and Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek. As for the women’s team, the chosen ones are Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Natasha Roslan, Sin Li Jane and Esther Cheah.

“MTBC did not set any targets for the World Cup, but all the bowlers have the mindset of trying to finish on the podium in our events.

“That has always been our way,” he said.

“The bowlers selected are of equal standard and can produce stellar results.

“In bowling, if you master the conditions and adapt quickly, things will go your way.

“I hope we can do something special in the team event because Malaysia is always known for doing well in team events.”

Ameerul is no stranger to the world stage.

Four years ago in Hong Kong, Ameerul enjoyed a memorable debut in the World Championships when he and now retired Adrian Ang powered their way to the doubles gold, outplaying American professionals EJ Tackett-Andrew Anderson in the final.

Before the World Cup, Ameerul had participated in the Thailand Open and Brunswick Euro Challenge.

“The Thailand Open was the last tournament we went to, and I ended up in the top 20.

“Also, we went to Germany for the Euro challenge last July. I finished in the top 16 and qualified for the round three finals.”

The team, spearheaded by manager Maradona Chok and coaches Holloway Cheah and Ben Heng, will leave for Australia on Nov 7.

The IBF World Cup will have the individual category and, for the first time, the team event, which will be in bakers format, where team members take turns bowling frames within one game, as opposed to different games in the regular format.

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