Davis Cup Committee rules for India to draw in Pakistan: Report

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The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) claimed on Thursday that the ITF’s Davis Cup committee had decided that India will play its tie in Pakistan as per the original schedule. The PTF claimed that the ITF had ruled in Pakistan’s favor after India said it had security concerns about sending its team to the country. “The ITF has said that Pakistan will retain its hosting rights and has dismissed the security concerns raised by India,” a senior PTF official said.

The Davis Cup Committee has accepted the PTF presentation against the All Indian Tennis Association’s (AITA) refusal to send its Davis Cup team to Pakistan for the Group I Playoff match in Islamabad in the first week of February.

“The ITF has made it clear that if the AITA fails to send its team to Islamabad, the tie will be awarded to Pakistan as there is no basis for India to have security concerns about playing in Pakistan,” the official said.

The ITF also said it was the host’s responsibility to provide security to the visiting team and they had hosted other teams in the recent past without any incident, the official said.

The Indian federation had recently told the Davis Cup committee that it is not possible for them to send their team to Islamabad for the tie and called for it to be organized at a neutral venue.

PTF president Salim Saifullah Khan said he had taken up the matter with the ITF and a presentation was made to the Davis Cup committee recently.

India also did not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup cricket matches in August and September, resulting in the majority of matches being played in Sri Lanka, with only four matches in Pakistan.

In 2019, the Indian tennis team had refused to play in Pakistan and the Davis Cup match was shifted to Kazakhstan on the advice of the ITF.

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