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Not players' prerogative to decide on appointments: AITA

Not players' prerogative to decide on appointments: AITA”

The tie was originally scheduled to be played in September but the ITF pushed back it to November 29-30 after political tension between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Bhupathi was once named the non-playing captain of India's Davis Cup squad in December 2016, taking on from Anand Amritraj.

Save Paes, none of these players would be able to make it to the team due to their low ranking if top player Rohan Bopanna comes in the fray for selection.

Bopanna's contention is that All India Tennis Association (AITA) changed the captain before ITF made a final decision on a neutral venue.

Bopanna, on Tuesday, tweeted that the players were not informed before the change in captain was announced.

The new captain Rohit Rajpal is keen to have a strong side at his disposal but does not want the players, who expressed their willingness to travel to Islamabad, to miss out.

Contrary to the incessat beliefs and actions of AITA and their manner of functioning, when it comes to the decisions they make in context to the "players" best interests'; with my years of experience and representation - I would like for the system to know that a player's best interest is when the players are heard. "When we bring our Patriotism on court with racquet in hand, we also bring a Voice (sic.)", he said.

It's the Executive Committee of the AITA that decides on selecting captain.

"They were not supposed to be informed. If someone is doing it they are exceeding their brief and that is exactly what Rohan is doing", said AITA secretary-general Hironmoy Chatterjee.

The self-discipline started with Rohan Bopanna tweeting on Tuesday that he was once taken aback by the national federation's resolution to commerce the captain sooner than ITF's resolution on the venue for the Pakistan tie and likewise pointed that the gamers weren't kept within the loop. "These matters will be discussed during the meeting", said Chatterjee. Chatterjee revealed that Bhupathi's contract was already over and he was given an extension for the previous tie against Italy in February in Kolkata.

Bhupathi also alleged that the AITA likes to "Divide & Rule" and that is how they have been operating since the past 20 years.

Multiple doubles Grand Slam victor Bhupathi said it was great news and he was "of course available" to captain the side now that the tie has been moved out of Islamabad.

"Why are the players commenting on this?"

Bopanna's rivalry is that All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) modified the captain earlier than ITF made a last resolution on a impartial venue. I think the ITF should have let the tie in September, as nothing was wrong in Pakistan and Islamabad, but it was a well-planned and well-written script by the Indian Tennis Federation and they were fully backed by the ITF. "I am waiting for the team to be announced on November 10", said Bhupathi. On Wednesday, he told that Rohit Rajpal can captain the team against Pakistan.



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