India has urged to International Tennis Federation to move their forthcoming Davis Cup tie from Pakistan
The Indian team is scheduled to tour Islamabad for the Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie to be held on 14 to 15 September.
But, after India’s recent move to remove the special freedom status of occupied Kashmir, relations between Pakistan and India have been twisted.
“We have asked ITF for a neutral venue because the situation is a bit unpredictable, “I believe it is a reasonable request because of the current state of affairs.” Said, All India Tennis Association President Praveen Mahajan told AFP on Sunday.
The AITA was preparing to send its team to Pakistan despite suspended sporting ties between the two countries but the Kashmir situation has raised fresh doubts.
An Indian tennis team last toured Pakistan in 1964 for the Davis Cup, where they defeated the hosts 4-0. Pakistan lost 3-2 when they toured Mumbai in 2006.
I am hopeful they will shift the tie because Pakistan is used to playing in neutral venues. ITF will respond to our request shortly, sometime this week. Said, All India Tennis Association President Praveen Mahajan
Earlier, Pakistan Tennis Federation President Salim Saifullah Khan said,”We would honor the decision of the ITF if the AITA sought a neutral venue”.
India has named a full-strength squad for the important tie, with the country’s highest-ranked players Prajnesh Gunneswaran (90) and Ramkumar Ramanathan (184), set to play the four singles matches.