KUALA LUMPUR: Former national bowlers Sharon Koh and Victoria Chin did not make the cut as the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) named six bowlers for the national setup.
Sharon, a member of the 2006 Asian Games squad, and Victoria, failed to finish among the top three after the six-day selection roll-off which ended on Monday.
The other notable bowler who did not make the cut was Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfakar, whose contract with the 2017 Kita Juara programme ended last September.
Nur Syazwani Sahar, however, managed to regain one of the three spots under the new Kita Juara programme for the 2019 Philippines Sea Games after finishing third in the selection.
National Youth members Nur Ameerahusna Aznel and Nur Amirah Auni Azman came in first and second respectively from the 10 who took part.
In the men's team selection, MTCB did not hold a roll-off but instead promoted Tun Hakim Tun Hasnul Azam, Hafiz Zainuddin and Shahrukh Amin Zulkifli to the first team.
The inclusion of Shahrukh came as a big surprise as the 17-year-old has never been part of the national side.
The Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) student, however, impressed the national body by winning The Masters last December.
MTCB secretary general Maradona Chok said: "We did not hold a roll-off selection for the men because the field is not as competitive as the women.
"We only had two former Kita Juara members, and one of them is Ahmad Muaz Fishol, who is now part of the National Podium Programme while the other Muhd Nur Aiman (Khairuddin) had since quit the sport.
"The national youth members also did not stand out last year except for Tun Hakim and Hafiz. Tun Hakim won the Asian Youth singles gold, while Hafiz came in second in the men's Open event at the Sarawak International Open.
"Picking Shahrukh was a no brainer, because he defeated a world class field, including South Korea's Jeong Tae Hwa in the final. The boy has immense potential, he was simply outstanding."