India want Davis Cup tie moved from Pakistan

Kiren Rijiju India Pakistan Davis Cup All India Tennis Association Pakistan Tennis Federation

Kiren Rijiju India Pakistan Davis Cup All India Tennis Association Pakistan Tennis Federation

The statement was a reiteration of the government's policy on suspending all bilateral sporting ties with Pakistan, but not extending the same to multilateral global sporting events. Pakistan Tennis Federation Chief Salim Saifullah Khan admitted that tensions between the two countries have increased and the ITF will respect whatever decision the PTF takes.

After the Indian government scrapped the special status accorded to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the developments have kept the AITA officials and players anxious.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) will be seeking a neural venue for the tie but its Pakistani counterpart on Sunday made it clear that it would not agree to a change as preparations are already underway in Islamabad.

The qualifying round for Group 1 of Asia/Oceania has seen India slotted to play Pakistan at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad on September 14 and 15.

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Tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue have escalated. "In that case, Pakistan will get penalised and the tie will get shifted to a neutral venue", Chatterjee had told ANI. "We will observe how the situation is", he said.

He said it is too early to say whether the match should be held at a neutral venue. "We are going to go through the process", Chatterjee had said. "As it is after a long time we have started hosting our Davis Cup ties at home", he said.

Chatterjee had added that the AITA is also gathering information from the players for the visa application of Pakistan. Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni, Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan and Sasi Kumar Mukund were all named in the lineup. However, the Indian team's participation in the tie, whether in Pakistan or at a neutral venue, may now require the approval of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Pakistan is yet to announce its team.

No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964 and bilateral cricket ties between the two countries have been dormant since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.

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