Leander Paes is set to return Indian Davis Cup squad for Pakistan tour

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Leander Paes is all set to return to the Indian Davis Cup squad after making himself available for the upcoming tie against arch-rivals Pakistan as Mahesh Bhupathi have refused to travel to Pakistan citing security concerns.

According to details, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) began the visa process for its players. While the Indian tennis federation is awaiting a final response from the world governing body ITF on the venue for the 29-30 November tie, it has already sent names of the players and support staff members for securing visa.

AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI that Paes has confirmed his availability for the tie in Islamabad.

“ITF wanted us to start the visa process, so we sent a few names, including Leander’s. The tie will be played on grass and Leander, on grass, is very formidable. We will select a final team soon, nothing is finalised as yet,” Chatterjee said.

Non-playing captain Bhupathi, top doubles player Bopanna and top singles players like Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sumit Nagal, Sasi Kumar Mukund have all said they are not comfortable travelling to Islamabad.