Prakash's behaviour unprofessional: Paes

New Delhi, Feb 9: Non-playing captain Leander Paes today took strong exception to Prakash Amritraj's ''unprofessional'' action in going to press claiming that he was fully fit for today's Davis Cup singles tie against Uzbekistan.

''People can claim whatever they want. He was not fit and it was for everyone to see. He was throwing up all over the place. He went out on Saturday night and had this 'Delhi Belly' and the next day he was ill. It was unprofessional on his part to go out,'' Paes said.
Paes fielded debutant Somdev Dev Varman ahead of Prakash, who was down with a stomach ailment.

The captain insisted that Prakash was still to recover from the bug and the team could not risk playing an unfit player.

Prakash was picked for the doubles match tomorrow which Paes said would give him enough time to get better.

''The team doctor saw him and he was on medication,'' Paes said when asked about Prakash reportedly claiming that he had recovered from the illness and was fit to play.

''He would have got adequate rest for the doubles match and would be even more fit if he plays on Sunday,'' Paes added.


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Story first published: Saturday, February 9, 2008, 14:01 [IST]
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