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Preliminary Indian squad named for Uzbekistan clash

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The All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Monday announced the preliminary squad for the upcoming Asia/Oceania second-round Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan.

Singles players Saketh Myneni and Sumit Nagal will miss the tie due to injuries. Youngsters Prajnesh Gunneswaran and N. Sriram Balaji have replaced them in the squad.

The final squad of four players will be selected two weeks before the tie, which starts on April 7 in Bengaluru.

This will be the first engagement for the Indians since former doubles star Mahesh Bhupathi took over as the non-playing captain.

"With the current roster of available players for the Davis Cup tie, I am confident this is the strongest squad for the tie," Bhupathi said.

"My decision on the final competing team for the weekend will be based on their performances over the next three weeks and their fitness levels during the week of the tie," he added.

"I look forward to a fruitful term as captain of the Davis Cup team, and count-on strong support from the boys and the AITA."

The squad: Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Yuki Bhambri, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, N. Sriram Balaji.