New Delhi: India selectors reposed faith in Leander Paes as the 40-year-old veteran was included in the Asian Games squad along with established stars Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna on Saturday.
The selection committee announced a 12-member team, which also has last edition's gold medal winners Somdev Devvarman and Sanam Singh.
Somdev had won the men's singles gold as well as the men's doubles gold with Sanam. Saketh Myneni and Yuki Bhambri will make their debut at the prestigious quadrennial event to be held in Incheon, Korea from September 19 to October 4.
It will be interesting to see with whom Paes is paired since Bopanna and Myneni of late have played Davis Cup together and Somdev and Sanam are the defending champions.
National Selection Committee chairman Anil Dhupar defended Paes' selection in the team. "He's been performing very well at the Grand Slams, so he had to be in the team. Last time there were reasons for him not to play," Dhupar told PTI.