Sunday, 18 August, 2019

India want Davis Cup tie moved from Pakistan amid rising tensions

India Asks ITF to Move Davis Cup tie to Neutral Venue 'Atmosphere not conducive to play in Pakistan' - AITA
Shannon Reynolds | 13 August, 2019, 00:59

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the government will not have any say on whether India should participate in next month's Davis Cup tie in Pakistan as the event is not a bilateral engagement. Any bilateral match with Pakistan will have to get clearance from the government but if it is a multilateral event organised by worldwide bodies then we can not take our own isolated stand.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has sent a letter to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) seeking a review of the security situation in Islamabad. The escalating tension between the two countries in the aftermath of Indian government's scrapping of Article 370 which had accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir has made the tie uncertain.

Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties with India amid a lockdown in India-administered Kashmir and stopped a cross-border train. That is why there is a doubt about India's participation in the Davis Cup to be held in Pakistan.

"We have asked the ITF for a neutral venue because the situation is a bit unpredictable".

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"I am hopeful they will shift the tie because Pakistan is used to playing in neutral venues", Mahajan said. "We are going to go through the process", Chatterjee had said. "But if it is a multilateral event organised by global bodies then we can't take our own isolated stand", Rijiju was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. "In current circumstances, it is not conducive to play there", he said. The Indian team is to be led by captain Mahesh Bhupati, with the nominated players including Rohan Boppanna, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Divij Sharan and Saket Myneni.

Mukund was named as the reserve and Zeeshan Ali was announced as the coach of the team.

If the tie takes place as per the schedule, India will travel to Pakistan to compete in a Davis Cup fixture after 55 years.

An Indian tennis team last went to Pakistan in 1964, with the visitors securing a 4-0 victory. His comment comes even as India tried to get the venue changed to a neutral one, and Pakistan's refusal to agree to such a request.

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