ITF shifts Pakistan tie to neutral venue

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India's forthcoming Davis Cup tie against Pakistan has been shifted out of Islamabad and will now be played at a neutral venue.

However, a statement issued by International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Monday said that the tie must be played at a neutral venue after the latest advice from its (ITF's) independent security advisors.

The Asia/Oceania Group I tie, originally scheduled for September 14-15 in Islamabad, was postponed by the ITF to November 29-30 following a security review amid political tensions between the bitter neighbors.

According to rule 230.2.5 of Davis Cup regulations, "a nation with choice of ground may lose its choice at any time if the Davis Cup Committee considers that it is not possible or practicable for the opposing nation to reach or play at the venue chosen for the tie, due to war, political unrest, terrorism or natural disaster". But the ITF has taken very strong and just stance, as they have made it clear that the tie will be held as per announced dates in Islamabad. The AITA changed into inclined to send its group to Islamabad if ITF had insisted because the federation also introduced former participant and chairman of selectors Rohit Rajpal as non-playing captain of the aspect for the suits.

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The hostilities have heightened after Pakistan opposed India's transfer to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's particular standing and switch it right into a Union Territory. ITF, on August 22, had agreed to reschedule the tie to November after the matter was referred to the Davis Cup committee.

But the ITF has made the decision that what was to be India's first trip to Pakistan in 55 years for Davis Cup will not happen this time. Rajpal is also the president of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association. For now, AITA has given me responsibility to lead the team against Pakistan and my entire focus is on the tie.

This year's premier global men's tennis team finals, which has been transformed into what the organisers call a one-week tennis extravaganza, is set to feature the best players from all over the world at Madrid's La Caja Magica between 18-24 November. "I am going to approach all the players who have made themselves unavailable and request them to reconsider their decision", he added.

The fresh list of the team sees Sunder Narayan Iyer as the manager of the team while the other members are Syed Zeeshan Ali (coach), Anand Kumar (physio), Saketh Sai Myneni (player), Suresh Kumar Manish (player), Rawat Sidharth (player), Arjun Jayant Kadhe (player), Sri Ram Balaji (player) and Sasikumar Mukund (player).

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