Indian Team Set to Tour Pakistan for Davis Cup Tie

Indian Team Set to Tour Pakistan for Davis Cup Tie

Indian Team Set to Tour Pakistan for Davis Cup Tie

The Indian cricket team suspended bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan in 2008 and sports teams generally do not participate in events in the neighbouring country.

India will be slapped with a fine like Hong Kong were after they refused to play an away tie in Pakistan.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) confirmed on Sunday that the Indian Davis Cup team will travel to Pakistan for their Davis Cup tie in September against the latter.

Relations further soured in February this year after a suicide vehicle bombing killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir putting question marks on the Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie, which will be held on September 14-15 in Islamabad. India last toured Pakistan in 1964 for the Davis Cup when they defeated the hosts 4-0, while Pakistan lost 3-2 during their last visit in 2006 in Mumbai.

The secretary-general of AITA also clarified that they did not seek any permission from the Government of India as it is not a bilateral series but it is the World Cup of tennis.

"We needed an invitation from the Pakistan Tennis Federation for the visa process which we have received".

Since the draw was out in February, there was a lot of talk around India going to Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack and the strained political ties between the countries.

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India won their previous Davis Cup meeting in 2006, held in Mumbai, India.

They were finally given the green light by the ITF in 2017 and have hosted four Davis Cup ties since.

Officials were careful to state that the tie is part of an worldwide competition, scheduled by the Davis Cup structure, and not a "bilateral" meeting between the two countries that would require government approval.

Khan hoped that the home crowd will give Pakistan the edge against their higher-ranked opponents.

Indian doubles player Rohan Bopanna, who reached the 2010 US Open men's doubles' final partnering Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, dismissed security concerns over playing in Pakistan.

"I am looking forward to the Davis Cup tie in Pakistan". I have spoken to Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. "I have been there a few times", Bopanna told the Press Trust of India earlier this month.

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