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Duo urged to stop blame game

Posted: 05 Mar 2011 07:58 AM PST


Mak Hee Chun (left) and Tan Wee Kiong, ranked World No 33, have been struggling to achieve their potential.

Mak Hee Chun (left) and Tan Wee Kiong, ranked World No 33, have been struggling to achieve their potential.

COMMUNICATION, or the lack of it, on court has been creating havoc in Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong's career and national back-up coach Tan Kim Her wants them to sort the problem out and aim for a place in the World Championships in August.

Hee Chun-Wee Kiong, touted as Malaysia's next top class pair, have been struggling to achieve their potential and Kim Her believes a good run in the All England, which begins in Birmingham on Tuesday, and the Swiss Open on Mar 15-20 should help them recover.

Kim Her said the duo compliment each other when they are playing well but blame each other as well when they lose matches and this is what they must overcome.


He has set quarter-final targets for both tournaments which will help Hee Chun-Wee Kiong, ranked World No 33, break into the top 24 and qualify for the World Championships in London on Aug 8-14.

Hee Chun-Wee Kiong play Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan in the first round of the All England and are likely to meet Taiwan's Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu in the second round.

"They are not at loggerheads but they are not communicating well on court. Everything is fine when they win but the blame game starts when they lose and this has to stop if they want to progress," said Kim Her yesterday.


"They can qualify for the World Championships if they can overcome this problem. They need to reach the quarter-finals in All England and Swiss Open to do this but they need to improve a lot.

"Their attitude must change and they must start supporting each other. Playing in a major event will help them gain confidence and they should fight hard to gain a place in the World Championships.

"Both have been working hard. Hee Chun is naturally gifted but he needs to improve on his physical strength to achieve his maximum potential.


"Their first objective is to beat the Japanese pair in Birmingham as that will clear the path for a place in the last eight.

"It can be achieved if they communicate better on court and don't give up when the odds are against them."

Kim Her feels that Hee Chun-Wee Kiong must start living with pressure to move forward as they have enough exposure on the international stage after being together for almost three years.

He wants to see Hee Chun-Wee Kiong play with purpose and have a positive attitude in tackling the biggest crisis of their career so far.

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Hair still has doubts about Murali

Posted: 05 Mar 2011 07:58 AM PST

SYDNEY: Former Australian Test umpire Darrell Hair still has doubts about Sri Lankan star Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action, more than a decade after he called him for chucking, a report said yesterday.

Hair said some other umpires felt the same way but were prepared to let cricket's highest Test and one-day international wicket-taker continue with his unorthodox deliveries as he moves towards international retirement.

"A couple of current umpires have said to me, 'something is wrong', but they prefer to let it go," Hair told Melbourne's Herald-Sun newspaper.


"There is still a lot of doubt about his deliveries."

Muralitharan, 38, is retiring from international cricket at the end of the current World Cup.

Hair, who called Muralitharan for throwing in 1995, said he felt that some of the Sri Lankan legend's deliveries during the World Cup may not have been legal.


"But this is his last World Cup, he's going to bow out with a lot of fanfare and no umpire will be bothered by it," he said. -- AFP

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