It is not the player's prerogative to decide on appointments: AITA

KOLKATA: The All India Tennis Association ( AITA ) on Tuesday he criticized the players for criticizing them for naming a captain who doesn't play before International Tennis Federation ( ITF ) changing the Davis cup Leave Islamabad, saying it is not your decision to make.

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 ITF shifted the Asia/Oceania Group I tie to a neutral venue.



The AITA on Monday named Rohit Rajpal , a former player from India and president of the national tennis federation selection panel, as the non-player captain after Mahesh Bhupathi He also refused to travel to Pakistan for security reasons.

It is not the players' prerogative to comment on administrative matters, AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee said.

Bopanna said he was surprised that none of the players were asked or even informed that the captain was going to be changed.

They were not supposed to be informed. It is the decision of the committee at the Annual General Assembly (AGM). I talked to him and I feel he is surpassing, Chatterjee said.

When asked if he talked to Bhupathi, Chatterjee said: I talked to Mahesh. Our job is to inform you about our decisions and that is what I did.

Veteran Leander Paes, Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and N Sriram Balaji had all made themselves available for selection.

The team has not yet announced, but with the tie changed to a neutral place, Bopanna is available for selection now.

Except for Paes, none of the players mentioned above could reach the team due to their low ranking compared to Bopanna.

Paes is ranked 96 in the world and Bopanna is ranked 39.

The selection committee should go by rankings while picking the Davis cup squad, so ignoring Bopanna would be tough if he is willing to play.

With my years of experience and representation, I would like the system to know that the best interest of the player is when the players are heard, Bopanna said in the tweet.

The tie will take place on November 29 and 30.

"Following the review of the latest advice given by the ITF 's independent security advisors, the Davis cup Committee has taken the decision that the Davis cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie between Pakistan and India on November 29-30 must be played at a neutral venue," the ITF said late on Monday.

The tie was earlier scheduled to be held on September 14-15 but was postponed to November after a security review by the ITF in August. The postponement had come in the wake of pleas from India to shift the tie to a neutral venue or postpone it given the heightened tensions between the two countries.

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