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AITA’s plan for a truce

New Delhi: The (AITA) on Sunday came up with a compromise formula to placate the revolting players as it accommodated some of their demands, such as change in support staff, but also kept its authority intact by keeping the final decision on all matters in its hand.

The players had demanded to have a new team captain, coach, doctor and physiotherapist to which AITA agreed but did not accept the choice put forward by the players. The national tennis body has replaced coach Nandan Bal with Zeeshan Ali even as the players had preferred Aditya Sachdeva, who has coached talented Yuki Bhambri.

The AITA decided that the team captain should be an experienced Davis Cup player and the coach should have at least been a former Davis Cupper. AITA has also assured to change captain SP Mishra after the South Korea tie but it is not known if the replacement would be of the players’ choice or the tennis body would impose its own candidate.

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