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Ministry firm with its policy, Amritraj can’t play for India

New Delhi: AITA’s efforts to rope in US-based Prakash Amritraj in the Davis Cup squad to negate a boycott threat from the top players came to a naught on January 9 with the Sports Ministry sticking to its policy that only Indian passport holders can represent the country.

In the wake of revolt by eight top players, including Somdev Devvarman, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, the AITA was trying to bolster its line-up by including an in-form Amritraj in the squad for the South Korea tie, beginning February 1.

Prakash, who is coming back to competitive tennis after an injury, is in good form as he won four matches at the just-concluded Chennai Open.

His inclusion could have helped a beleaguered AITA, who will now be forced to field a depleted side if the eight players stuck its stand and remains unavailable.