KUALA LUMPUR: The first two men’s doubles pairs are confirmed. They are Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif.
But the coaches are finding it hard to find a reliable third pair for the country at next year’s Thomas Cup Finals.
And national doubles coach Rosman Razak has blamed it on the inconsistent performances of the back-up shuttlers.
Currently, the six back-up pairs in the national squad are Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah, Hoon Thien How-Ong Soon Hock, Vountus Indra Mawan-Goh Wei Shem, Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Teo Kok Siang and Khoo Chung Chiat-Mohd Razif Abdul Latif.
Peng Soon-Khim Wah won the men’s doubles title at the Thailand Open last month but lost to an unheralded pair in the Macau Open first round.
Hee Chun-Wee Kiong and Vountus-Wei Shem have achieved good results – albeit in patches.