Davis Cuppers' revolt against Paes
Anil Khanna, Secretary General of AITA, said he has received a letter from the players and they will take a decision on the matter.sports Updated: Feb 24, 2008 14:56 IST
In an unprecedented revolt, India's top Davis Cuppers have refused to play under captain Leander Paes prompting the game's governing body to review its appointment.
In a letter, which has the potential to split the team further, the Davis Cuppers - Mahesh Bhupathi, Prakash Amritraj, Rohan Bopanna and Karan Rastogi - have said that they do not want to play under Paes in future because they have lost confidence in his leadership.
Anil Khanna, Secretary General of AITA, said he has received a letter from the players and they will take a decision on the matter.
"Yes, AITA has received such a letter. It reached us two-three days back. We have a selection committee as well as an executive committee and it will take a decision after due consideration in the best interests of Indian tennis," said Khanna.
"We will take a decision before India's next Davis Cup tie in April," he added.
It is for the first time in recent time that a non-playing captain has faced an open revolt by players.
According to sources in the AITA, the Davis Cuppers have complained of lack of support from the captain. Players were also unhappy with Paes's habit of blaming the teammates in public.
The home Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan early this month had played its part in souring the relations between the players and the captain when Paes had questioned Amritraj's professionalism.
On the first day of the tie, Paes decided to field Somdev Varman ahead of an "unfit" Amritraj. However, the US-based Indian contradicted the captain, saying he was fit to play the singles match.
In the do-or-die fifth reverse singles, Paes had no choice but to rely on Amritraj, who pulled off an impressive win to help India advance to the next round.