Davis Cup: Mahesh Bhupathi named India's non-playing captain; Rohan Bopanna out

Updated: Dec 23, 2016, 09:38 IST | PTI |

Indian tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi was yesterday named the new non-playing captain of the Davis Cup team, while Rohan Bopanna was excluded from the squad for the Asia/Oceania zone Group I

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New Delhi: Indian tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi was yesterday named the new non-playing captain of the Davis Cup team, while Rohan Bopanna was excluded from the squad for the Asia/Oceania zone Group I home tie against New Zealand in Pune from February 3 to 5.

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The tie against New Zealand will be Anand Amritraj's last tie as non-playing captain. Bhupathi was the hot favourite the moment AITA decided to replace Amritraj. "Everybody should get a chance to be captain. No post stays with one person forever. I personally spoke to Mahesh and asked if he is available, he said 'Yes'. That was it. Also, we wanted Anand to be given a farewell tie," AITA Secretary General Hiranmoy Chatterjee told mediapersons.

Asked if players were taken into confidence, Amritraj, Chatterjee replied: "It's not their prerogative. We don't need to consult the players. Even Leander Paes was not consulted."

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