The rival faction within the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has always criticised the composition of the selection committee, questioning Dhupar's presence.

While all other members of committee - Rohit Rajpal, Balram Singh, Zeeshan Ali and Nandan Bal - have represented India, Dhupar has not played for the country.

"To curb any controversy arising out of this issue, we have decided to replace Anil Dhupar with S P Misra," AITA Secretary General Bharat Oza told PTI from Mumbai after AITA Executive Committee meeting.

"The whole approach will look more professional. Internationally it has been done and we are following that," Oza added.

"The Selection Committee of AITA will now consist only of former Davis Cup/Fed Cup," AITA said in a release.

Dhupar, under whose leadership the Madhya Pradesh Tennis Association (MPTA) hosted a well-organised Davis Cup tie against Chinese Taipei, said he would now like to work for junior tennis.

"I served as chairman for eight years. Now there are new responsibilities," Dhupar said.

In another significant decision, Rohit Rajpal and Misra have also been inducted as members of the Executive Committee for the period 2014-2016.

"They will enjoy the same powers as all other Executive Committee Members. This step has been taken in accordance with International Guidelines for involving sportspersons in the Management of National Sports Federations," the release said.

Misra, who was non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup team before Anand Amritraj replaced him, said he was looking forward to the new profile.

"It's a prestigious post. There's a lot of responsibility. Executive Committee is most powerful, decision making body in AITA. I will try to live up to the expectations," Misra said.

AITA has also appointed a four-member sub-committee consisting of Suman Kapur, Rajpal, Vishal Uppal and Hironmoy Chatterjee to deal with the government to ensure maximum utilisation of available funds for supporting the players, eligible for future Asian Games/Olympics.

Executive Committee also decided that in 2015 AITA will conduct around 36 international Futures and Challenger events for men and women in addition to 10 ITF Juniors.

This will make India the highest tournament conducting country amongst all the Asian nations. This will also help in increasing the number of ranked players in the world tennis from the current level of 210.

"India is already in the top 20 in the world in number of ranked players and India intends to be in the top 10," Oza said.

The Executive Committee has also alloted the Fed Cup to Telangana State Tennis Association for the year 2015.

Anand Amritraj was reappointed as Davis Cup captain for the year 2015 and Zeshan Ali will continue as the coach.

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