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The Asian Tour has picked Myanmar veteran Kyi Hla Han as assistant captain and Filipino Angelo Que as reserve for the Visa Dynasty Cup against Japan in April.

Han, Asia 's number one in 1999, played a key role as a backroom staff when Asia triumphed by nine points over Japan two years ago and will support non-playing captain Hsieh Min-nan in the Ryder Cup-style shootout at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen , China from April 15-17.

The talented Que will get his chance in the event of injuries to any of the 12-member team which was finalised last week. Que broke through last season at the Carlsberg Masters Vietnam, beating Thongchai Jaidee and Corey Pavin, for his maiden title on the Asian Tour and finished tied 10th at the Thai Airways International Thailand Open on Sunday.

Hsieh said: "It will be good to have Kyi Hla as my assistant captain once again. He still plays regularly on the Asian Tour and knows the team members and their strengths well. Kyi Hla is well respected by his peers and will be a key member in our team.

"Two years ago, he played a big role in our victory over Japan and I will be consulting him regularly when it comes to the pairings in the foursomes and fourball."

The captain said that if one of his team members was forced to withdraw because of injury on the week of the Visa Dynasty Cup, Que will then step in as a replacement.

"Under the tournament rules, the teams are allowed to replace a player in the event of injuries before 6pm on the Tuesday of the event week. Angelo is in good form and he has agreed to be on standby," said Hsieh.

Que was proud to earn the captain's faith. "I'm glad to earn his confidence as it means a lot to me. But I want to play my way into the team for the next Visa Dynasty Cup in 2007.

"Hopefully, no one gets injured over the next few weeks as we have a strong line-up that is capable of beating Japan again," said Que.

Last week, Hsieh opted for Chinese stalwarts Zhang Lian-wei and Liang Wen-chong along with Thailand 's Thammanoon Srirot and Amandeep Johl of India as captain's picks for their defence against Japan , who will be led by Shigeki Maruyama, Toshimitsu Izawa and Shingo Katayama.

The eight automatic Asian qualifiers were Thongchai, Thaworn Wiratchant ( Thailand ), Boonchu Ruangkit ( Thailand ), Charlie Wi ( Korea ), Jyoti Randhawa ( India ), Mo Joong-kyung ( Korea ) Prayad Marksaeng ( Thailand ) and Mardan Mamat ( Singapore ).

Asian Team: Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha), Boonchu Ruangkit (Tha), Charlie Wi (Kor), Jyoti Randhawa (Ind), Mo Joong-kyung (Kor), Prayad Marksaeng (Tha), Mardan Mamat (Sin), Zhang Lian-wei (PRC - captain's pick), Liang Wen-chong (PRC - captain's pick), Thammanoon Srirot (Tha - captain's pick) and Amandeep Johl (Ind - captain's pick)

Captain: Hsieh Min-nan (Tpe)

Assistant captain: Kyi Hla Han (Myn)

Reserve: Angelo Que (Phi)

Japan team : Shingo Katayama, Toru Taniguchi, Takashi Kamiyama, Hideki Kase, Keiichiro Fukabori, Tomohiro Kondo, Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Ryoken Kawagishi, Toru Suzuki, Hiroyuki Fujita, Shigeki Maruyama (captain's pick) and Toshimitsu Izawa (captain's pick).

Captain: Isao Aoki

 

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