Rohit Rajpal will be the non-player captain of India for the draw in Pakistan
NEW DELHI: former Indian player and president of the national team tennis federation selection panel, Rohit Rajpal , was appointed Monday non-player captain of India for the next Davis Cup draw against Pakistan.
It was speculated that veteran Leander Paes could be considered for the job after the 46-year-old became available after the withdrawal of the best players and the captain. Mahesh Bhupathi .
The contest from November 29 to 30 in Islamabad has already been rescheduled once due to security concerns raised by India. the Asociación de tennis de toda la India (AITA) decided to appoint Rajpal at its Annual General Assembly (AGM) in Chandigarh.
Former President Anil Khanna and incumbent Praveen Mahajan proposed Rohit Rajpal 's name and everyone agreed. Rajpal will go to Pakistan as non-playing captain and this arrangement is only for this tie, as of now, an AITA source said.
The AITA has requested the Federación internacional de tennis (ITF) to change the link to a neutral place and the world governing body is likely to make a final decision later on Monday.
The tie was scheduled to be held in September, but it was delayed when India expressed concern about the safety of its players due to the prevailing diplomatic tensions between the two nations.
Hostilities have increased after Pakistan opposed India's measure to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and make it a Union territory.
Rajpal made his Davis Cup debut in 1990 against Korea in Seoul, where India suffered a 0-5 laundering. That was the only time Rajpal represented the country, losing the dead rubber room 1-6 2-6 to Jae-Sik Kim.
It is the second major responsibility that AITA has given Rajpal, 48, who was appointed president of the five-man selection panel in November last year.
Rajpal, a member of the BJP state unit, is also president of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association.
It was also learned that former captain Anand Amritraj, whom Bhupathi had replaced in the captain's chair, was also interested in returning to lead Pakistan.
However, he wanted to be sure that if he is called again, it would be for at least a term of one or two years.
The source added that no other name for the job was discussed.
It will be interesting to see if Bhupathi, whose term has ended, will be returned as captain or will be considered a new name.