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Chatterjee added that none of the players, including Somdev Devvarman, had even suggested that they were unwilling to play the February tie in New Delhi against South Korea.
"I challenge any one to show me any record of a player telling AITA that they do not plan to play Davis Cup unless such-and-such demands are met. We have had a very straightforward discussion with the players and the federation is not trying to play hide and seek with them on any issue. I had conveyed to the players that the federation is willing to consider their demands from here on. Even in future if these demands, due to some administrative reasons, are unable to be implemented they should not feel aggrieved about it and the players have understood that," Chatterjee said.
Among the demands of the players is a change in coach. The players want Aditya Sachdeva to be appointed coach to replace Nandan Bal, who the current squad believes is a Leander Paes loyalist.
They also believe that Bal is not doing enough to value-add to the games of the young players. Sachdeva, who has coached Yuki Bhambri since his junior days was the only name unanimously suggested for the post of coach.
The players' suggestion for a new non-playing captain has come as a surprise as one of the names to surface is that of Anand Amritraj, who after Paes's 22, holds the record for most years as a Davis Cup player. During his 19 years of playing for India, Anand has played 39 ties. Rohit Rajpal is also another name suggested by players for the post of non-playing captain.
Chatterjee agreed that the overall demand of the players is that they want to "feel more comfortable while playing Davis Cup" and said that since times are changing AITA sees no harm in that request. However, Chatterjee made it clear that the federation will not be able to increase the revenue sharing percentage of the players in Davis Cup but will see what best can be done.
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