SEPANG: National men’s doubles coach Cheah Soon Kit has warned other teams in the Thomas Cup, which starts on Sunday, in Bangkok not to take Malaysia for granted.
Soon Kit believes his team’s strength in the men’s doubles will trouble their rivals.
“Our doubles players are versatile. I can interchange combinations and this strategy will be used to confuse our opponents,” said Soon Kit before boarding the flight with the national shuttlers to Bangkok at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Thursday.
Malaysia are in Group D with defending champions Denmark, Russia and Algeria.
Soon Kit could serve a surprise by pairing up Goh V Shem with Teo Ee Yi in Bangkok.
V Shem’s regular partner is Tan Wee Kiong while Ee Yi plays with Ong Yew Sin, who was not selected for the Thomas Cup.
Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik along with Arif Latif are the other options in the men’s doubles.
“Denmark, however, will be a mystery as they have decided not to select doubles specialist Carsten Mogensen but we will be ready for them,” he said.
On whether Aaron-Wooi Yik will get a chance to play in Bangkok, Soon Kit said : “Of course, the pair will get to play. They will be an option against Russia and Algeria.
“I feel the team spirit is good so far. The reports I have heard back from the training camp organisers have been positive and I hope they can continue their momentum in Bangkok,” Soon Kit added
Former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, Lee Zii Jia, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Leong Jun Hao make up the Thomas Cup team.