New Delhi: Uncapped Vivek Shokeen and Somdev Dev Varman were included in the Indian Davis Cup team for the Asia-Oceania Group 1 first round away tie against Uzbekistan in Namangan from February 9 to 11. Leander Paes has been named the playing captain and will lead a young bunch that also includes Karan Rastogi and Sunil Kumar Sipaeya as the fifth player. The inclusion of Shokeen and Somdev comes in the wake of Rohan Bopanna's pull out and injury to Prakash Amritraj. "Bopanna spoke to me and expressed his wish to attempt to qualify for the Grand Slams in doubles this year. He has also got a doubles wild card for an event in Delray Beach (in Miami, USA) this week," Anil Khanna, Secretary-General of All India Tennis Association said. The statement came following the announcement of the Indian squad in New Delhi on Tuesday. With the team already missing the services of Mahesh Bhupathi, the withdrawal of Bopanna, very much an in-form player, is bound to leave a gaping hole since he also would have filled in as doubles partner for Paes.
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