By FOX Sports staff
Harimau Malaya were initially meant to take on arch-rivals Singapore in the Causeway Challenge - a two-legged friendly clash - on June 4 and 7, but it emerged on Thursday evening that it had been cancelled.
Instead, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have scheduled a trip to Australia during that time, where Rajagobal's charges will face off against Sydney Olympic, Bonnyrigg White Eagles or Marconi Stallions, and the Canberra All-Stars, which is presumed to be a selection side.
Although none of the clubs are A-League outfits, Sydney Olympic, Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Marconi Stallions are three of the strongest sides in the NSW [New South Wales] Premier League.
And given the stern tests Malaysia are likely to face, it's no surprise that Rajagobal has named a fairly strong squad, including Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Safiq Rahim, Aidil Zafuan and Khairul Fahmi.
Despite struggling for form, Darul Takzim striker Safee Sali has also been called up, which is likely to incur the wrath of Sarawak fans who have been calling for the inclusion of Bobby Gonzales, whose 19 goals have fired the Crocs to promotion to the Malaysia Super League.
Selangor are the biggest contributors to the squad with seven representatives, including Amri Yahyah, S. Kunanlan and Asraruddin Putra Omar, while Darul Takzim and Kelantan have six and five players called up respectively.
While he has largely gone for the familiar, Rajagobal did also bring in a number of newer faces in Darul Takzim full-back Farid Ramli, PKNS FC's on-loan attacking midfielder Nizad Ayub and Negri Sembilan's Nazrin Nawi.
There will also be plenty of interest over who will be in goal for Harimau Malaya, given Fahmi, Farizal Marlias and Norazlan Razali have all been given opportunites to shine in recent outings.
Malaysia squad for Australia trip
Goalkeepers: Farizal Marlias (Perak), Khairul Fahmi (Kelantan), Norazlan Razali (Selangor)
Defenders: Mahalli Jasuli, Bunyamin Umar, Asraruddin Putra Omar (all Selangor), Aidil Zafuan, Farid Ramli (both Darul Takzim), Nik Shahrul Azim (Kelantan), Faizal Muhammad (Terengganu), Amirizdwan Taj Tajuddin, K. Reuben (both ATM)
Midfielders: S. Kunanlan, K. Gurusamy (both Selangor), Safiq Rahim, Nurul Azwan Roya (both Darul Takzim), Azamuddin Akil (Pahang), Shakir Shaari, Badhri Radzi, Faiz Subri (all Kelantan), Nazrin Nawi (Negri Sembilan), Nizad Ayub (PKNS FC)
Forwards: Khyril Muhymeen (Kedah), Amri Yahyah (Selangor), Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Safee Sali (both Darul Takzim)
Image courtesy of WSG