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Shikha, Sunitha out of Fed Cup squad
New Delhi, Jan 2: Sunitha Rao and Shikha Uberoi were left out of the Indian Fed Cup squad as per the government's new ruling on player representation when the team was announced here today by the All-India Tennis Association.
Sania Mirza will lead the squad and finding a place in the side are Ankita Bhambri, Sanaa Bhambri and Rushmi Chakravarthy.
The squad was announced for the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania Zone Group I tie to be held in Perth from 4-7 February. Eight teams will vie for the top spot ~ a place in the World Group II Play-offs to be held in April. India, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, New Zealand and Uzbekistan will be divided into two groups of four with the winner of each group squaring off for a place in the world group.
Both Sikha and Sunitha, who hold US passports, were part of India's previous Fed Cup campaign. However, with the government ruling that only players holding Indian passports would be eligible to represent the country, they were sidelined. The squad was decided after a tele-conference among national selectors Anil Dhupar, SP Misra, Akhtar Ali and Balram Singh. Jaidip Mukerjea, chairman of the 2010 CMG preparation project was also consulted. The team will undergo a week-long coaching camp from 25-30 January.
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