The Indonesian Badminton Federation put its faith in youth, but some former shuttlers think that leap of faith may be a bit too far.
The federation, or PBSI, completed its roster of 20 players for the 2009 Sudirman Cup,
the biennial mixed team championship. Though it publicly said it would consider calling in professional players, half of its squad consists of players with no team format experience.
PBSI officials said this is the right time for player regeneration, giving a chance to younger players to develop their games at the tournament, which takes place in Guangzhou, China, on May 10-17.
Former player Alan Budikusuma agreed with the decision to incorporate the young players, but he also suggested the PBSI involve several experienced players in preparing the squad.