AITA appoints Rohit Rajpal as Chairman of selectors

SP Misra and Zeeshan Ali have been removed from the senior national selection committee, being replaced by Vishal Uppal and Ankita Bhambri.

Balram Singh, Nandan Bal, Vishaal Uppal and Ankita Bhambri will be the other members of the selection committee. (Representational Image)   -  Getty Images

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Wednesday appointed former Davis Cupper Rohit Rajpal as Chairman of selectors, replacing SP Misra.

Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali has also been removed from the senior national selection committee. Ankita Bhambri and Vishal Uppal have filled up the spots. The decision was taken by the AITA Executive Committee at its meeting today.

The Committee has retained Nandan Bal and Balram Singh.

“SP Misra was there for a long time. We thought of giving opportunity to others as well. Zeeshan has also been there for long, so we have brought in Vishal Uppal. We also felt that since the committee picks the Fed Cup team, there should be woman representation, that’s why Ankita has been included,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI.

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Asked for the reasons behind Rajpal being appointed the Chairman despite presence of seniors such as Nandan Bal and Balram Singh, a top AITA official said,”Rohit is young but still has the required experience. We want the younger lot to take lead role.”

Ankita, who has been part of the junior selection committee, welcomed the decision.

“I am glad, not just because it’s me but because it is important to have woman representation. They bring a different perspective and understand the requirements. As a former player and a coach, I have travelled myself and with the players, so I have a fair idea of what is needed,” Ankita said.

Both Misra and Zeeshan said they were not consulted while making the decision.

“Everything has to end one day. Nothing can go forever,” said Misra, who also added that he was informed of the decision just before the meeting.

The AITA also sought to revive the defunct Davis Cup Committee, appointing Anil Jain as its Chairman and former Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj as the co-chairman.