Not allowed"We have issued a clarification to all the National Sports Federations (NSFs), saying that anybody who has an Indian passport is eligible to play for India, otherwise not. If Prakash Amritraj has an Indian passport, he can play," sports secretary PK Deb told PTI.
The AITA does not see the ministry's stance as a setback to its plans. "I would see it this way, that we will not be able to avail Prakash Amritraj's services. He is in form and in good shape. He is a much better player than he was two years ago and at the moment he's better than many who we were considering for selection," AITA CEO Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI.
As to the misunderstanding about Amritraj's eligibility, Chatterjee told HT, "There was some ambiguity on the issue and today the ministry has clarified it."
Not a problemHe went on to add that the federation is not going to have any problem picking a squad.
"There are at least eight players, if not more, who are available for selection. We won't have any problem picking a team."
It has been reliably learnt that the minister himself intervened on Wednesday to end any misunderstanding on the issue. With the ineligibility of Amritraj, the AITA will have trouble fielding a quality team if the rebellious top-rung of Indian tennis stays away.