KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles shuttlers Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif may be the second ranked pair in the country but that does not guarantee them a place in the squad for the Thomas Cup Finals.
Last year, the duo ended the year without any titles – putting a dent to their credibility as the country’s second best pair behind Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.
Currently, several back-up pairs are not only breathing down their necks, but are hoping to dislodge the seniors for a place in the Thomas Cup squad.
But Fairuzizuan and Zakry are not going to take the challenge lying down.
They are determined to regain their confidence with a good showing in the Malaysian Open, which will begin at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from Jan 19-24.
“We want to make the Thomas Cup squad by justifying our status as the second best pair in the country. So, it is important for us to do well in three Open tournaments, starting with the Malaysian Open,” said Fairuzizuan.