Dispute ends, full strength India squad expected for Indonesia tie
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The dispute between players and the national tennis federation that led to 11 players making themselves unavailable for the Davis Cup tie against South Korea this month, has come to an end. Somdev Devvarman, in an email to the All India Tennis Association on Saturday, has written that all 11 players are available to play the next tie against Indonesia, after the governing body had agreed to give in writing their committments.
On Friday, the federation had written an email to Devvarman and Co. confirming in writing for the first time that they were willing to provide business class airfare to playing members, and allow two reserve players with the squad. The letter had also asked for the players' availability in writing, to which Devvarman had replied the same day.
There was still a catch, as Devvarman has stated that the players' availability would be limited only to the April tie as they wish to gain further clarity on some issues. The players also refuse to talk to the three-member committee set up by AITA, as they believe it will be "biased" in favour of the federation.
"We would like to confirm our availability for the Indonesia tie subject to all of the conditions in the letter being unconditionally complied with by the AITA.
Given that a number of the issues that we as players have raised still remain unresolved, our confirmation of availability is limited to the said Indonesia tie," Devvarman's letter states.
Devvarman has also raised the issue of the team captain in his latest mail. "The last tie against Korea was the farewell tie for captain SP Misra, we would like to be kept informed about who the next candidate for the job is," Devvarman wrote.
"It's a good move forward that the players have come on board. As of now we have not removed SP Misra from the post. We will discuss it with the players," AITA CEO Hiranmoy Chatterjee said.
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