'Selecting veterans is a move backward'

The AITA secretary Bharat Oza on Monday made it clear that the national selection committee needs to take a call on whether they would like to “go backwards” after veterans Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes announced their availability for the Davis Cup tie at home against Serbia.

“Our selection committee, including captain (Anand Amritraj) and coach (Zeeshan Ali), would decide on whether we need to go backwards or keep faith in the youngsters who did well against South Korea,” Oza said.

Oza also said that AITA would decide on the team composition for the September 12-14 home tie against Serbia in July. “The current lot of players prefer hard courts and not grass as was the case with earlier players. The tie would most likely be held on hard courts,” said Oza.

Oza’s reply was in reference to Paes’ declaration that he is willing to be part of the squad as a player or captain or to help out the team if called upon by AITA.

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