He has since returned to the Tour and has been selected by current Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn for the upcoming the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
Paul Dunne will have his first taste of playing for Europe this weekend ahead of a possible Ryder Cup debut in September.
Atwal's strategic pairing of Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai and Japan's Hideto Tanihara where there is a mix of youth and experience could prove to be the difference as they face off with Sweden's Alex Noren and Ireland's Paul Dunne.
Bjorn is the skipper for this event, as he will be when they face the U.S. in Paris this September.
"I've prepared very well this time, I've been playing well at this golf course and practice here a lot". We are all good players and we are ready.
Captain Thomas Bjorn promised Europe will return stronger in the six foursome matches on Saturday.
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Darren Clarke's team romped to a 18-5 triumph here two years ago and with six of the world top 20 in his ranks, Bjorn goes in even more impressively loaded.
"When I spend time with them here, it's a bit of a different environment, and I have their ear a little bit better this week than I do week in, week out because I am their captain this week and I'm guiding the whole group to where we want to go".
Asia captain Atwal revealed he had a chance to ask Tiger Woods for advice on leading his team. I have players from all over.
"In terms of how all-consuming the captaincy is, I really feel it's on my mind 24/7", he said. "There is no such thing as an underdog in matchplay golf".
"Definitely everybody knows we are underdogs, except my team", the 44-year-old said. "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".
"It would be unbelievable to be in the team for Paris in the autumn but to do that I'm going to have to qualify by having a great year".
Now back in the European team fold for the first time in ten years at this week's EurAsia Cup, Casey has reflected on his omission back in 2010 and said he holds no grudges against the eight-time European Tour Order of Merit victor.