Mahesh Bhupathi is quite peeved over the fact that hours before the International Tennis Federation (ITF) chose to shift the venue of the Davis Cup tie between India and Pakistan to a neutral venue, he was stripped off his captaincy.
The decision to shift the tie came just after the All India Tennis Association (AITA) had handed over India's captaincy to former Davis Cupper Rohit Rajpal from Mahesh Bhupathi. "As per the Davis Cup Regulations, the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has now the choice to nominate a neutral venue and has five working days to confirm their proposed venue, which will be announced once the choice has been submitted and approved", it concluded. On the approval of the ITF's decision to have the match Venue or its place in place. "All I do know is from a phone name with Mr. Chaterjee (AITA Secretary Total Hironmoy Chatterjee) on Monday the discover I was once told that Rohit is changing me as captain because I wasn't pleased going to Pakistan (love the country been there sooner than - not this time)", Bhupathi tweeted on Wednesday.
Bopanna's comments did not go down well with AITA as the federation feels that it is not the prerogative of the players to discuss administrative matters.More news: James Dean 'cast' in new movie, 64 years after his death
The tie, set for November 29 and 30, was scheduled to be held in the Pakistani capital but the ITF on Monday decided that the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I game will be played at a neutral venue.
Bhupathi was once named the non-playing captain of India's Davis Cup squad in December 2016, taking on from Anand Amritraj. "When we bring our patriotism on court with racquet in hand, we also bring a voice", he wrote.
Chatterjee printed that Bhupathi's contract was once already over and he was once given an extension for the earlier tie against Italy in February in Kolkata.More news: Sears to close 96 stores, including 3 South Florida locations
On Monday, ITF shifted India's Davis Cup tie to a neutral venue following the latest advice by the ITF's independent security advisors. If they don't want spectators we can do that.
The belief within Pakistan circles is that the caravan of thousands of angry anti-government demonstrators demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, which hit the streets on October 27 and traveled to Islamabad on November 1, may have forced ITF to change its mind at the last minute and shift the tie out of the capital city. "I was informed but that was before the venue change. It's unfair and absolutely discriminatory towards us and we have no choice but to appeal against it to the ITF".
ESPN understands that Paes' willingness to show up for the tie, even if played in Islamabad when most other senior players refused to, may stand him in good stead when the selectors zero down on the playing members. Once again #Pakistan is getting penalised for someone else's actions.More news: Ambush on mining company convoy kills 37 in Burkina Faso
Indian captain and multiple doubles Grand Slam victor Mahesh Bhupathi called it a "sensible decision". "To me it's an absolute discrimination at every level", tweeted Qureshi.