I am still captain unless I hear otherwise: Mahesh Bhupathi
AITA has slammed the players criticising them for appointing a non-playing captain, saying it is not their decision to make.Updated: Nov 06, 2019 11:43 IST
Veteran Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi on Wednesday refused to admit that he has been replaced as captain of India for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan saying he is available and believes he is “still captain”.
The All India Tennis Association on Monday named Rohit Rajpal, a former India player and chairman of the national tennis federation’s selection panel, as the non-playing captain after Bhupathi also refused to travel to Pakistan citing security concerns for the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie.
“To everyone so concerned for my thoughts and comments. All I know is from a phone call with Mr. Chaterjee (AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee) on Monday where I was told that Rohit is replacing me as captain because I wasn’t comfortable going to Pakistan (love the country been there before - not this time),” Bhupathi tweeted.
“I have not heard from the AITA since Monday or after the ITF addressed the players concerns on venue and approved a neutral location - so I am available and believe in am still captain unless I hear otherwise! Glad to “comment” when I know what I know,” he added.
Veteran Rohan Bopanna, one of the players who refused to go to Islamabad because of security issues, tweeted on Tuesday expressing his surprise over AITA changing the captain before International Tennis Federation (ITF) shifted the Asia/Oceania Group I tie from Islamabad to a neutral venue.
Meanwhile, AITA has slammed the players criticising them for appointing a non-playing captain, saying it is not their decision to make.
“It is not the players’ prerogative to comment on administrative matters,” Chatterjee told