Mahesh Bhupathi said he was "hurt" by the All India Tennis Association's manner of sacking him but it was hardly a surprise given how the body has dealt with players in the last two decades.
Davis Cup, India vs Pakistan: Mahesh Bhupathi said he does not mind being fired but AITA's allegation that he refused national duty is unacceptable.
David Cup: AITA on Wednesday reiterated that there will be no change in captaincy for the Pakistan tie with Rohit Rajpal set to lead the team.
Veteran Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi on Wednesday refused to admit that he has been replaced as captain of India for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan.
Rohan Bopanna's contention is that All India Tennis Association (AITA) changed the captain before ITF made a final decision on a neutral venue.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) decided to appoint Rohit Rajpal as India's non-playing captain at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chandigarh.
India vs Pakistan, Davis Cup: AITA may send a team to Pakistan for next month's Davis Cup tie in case the ITF rejects its request to shift the matches to a neutral venue.
The tie was earlier scheduled to be held in Islamabad on September 14-15 but was postponed to November after an in-depth security review by the International Tennis Federation last month.
An Indian tennis team last played a Davis Cup tie in Pakistan in 1964, when they beat the hosts 4-0.
The all-important meeting, which was postponed to Tuesday from Monday, has now been called off.
The meeting which was initially supposed to take place on Monday will now take place on Tuesday.
The ITF has shared their security plans with AITA and offered them to have a discussion on Monday with their security consultants.
Surprised with the fact that AITA has sought just a security re-check from the International Tennis Federation, Mahesh Bhupathi said, "We have asked AITA to request for a neutral venue".
The tie is scheduled for September 14 and 15 in the Pakistani capital and the federation had begun the process to procure visas for the players.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan will lead the singles challenge while Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan will make the doubles pair for the grass court tie.
The Indian tennis players are "excited and available" to travel to Pakistan for the upcoming Davis Cup tie but want to be assured that all the security measures are in place.
No Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964 and in that tie, held in Lahore, India had won 4-0.