'The (Indian) team does not want to go to Pakistan (for Davis Cup) due to the deteriorating relationship between the two countries. We will wait and see what ITF (International Tennis Federation) says'
New Delhi: The Indian tennis team has sought a change of venue to play against Pakistan in the Davis Cup. The players are reluctant to travel to Pakistan and have written to the All India Tennis Association (AITA).
According to ANI news agency, a source close to AITA has revealed that the Indian team is not willing to travel to Pakistan.
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"The team does not want to go to Pakistan due to the deteriorating relationship between the two countries. We will wait and see what ITF (International Tennis Federation) says. The team has also written to AITA asking for the match to be played at a neutral venue. AITA will write to ITF and once again ask them for a neutral venue," an AITA source told ANI.
In September this year, AITA had announced the new dates for the Davis Cup tie between India and Pakistan.
The tentative dates were November 29-30 or November 30-December 1, this year, and the clash was scheduled to be played at Islamabad.
"The security situation will be reviewed on November 4 whether the tie can be held in Islamabad or to be shifted to a neutral venue," AITA had said in a statement.
On August 22 the ITF postponed the Davis Cup tie between India and Pakistan scheduled to be held in September after an in-depth security review of the current situation in Pakistan was done by independent expert security advisors.
"Following an in-depth security review of the current situation in Pakistan by independent expert security advisors, the Davis Cup Committee has taken the decision to postpone the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie between Pakistan and India in Islamabad, due to be played on September 14-15," ITF had said in the statement.
AITA had written to the ITF to shift the venue of the tournament from Pakistan or postpone the tournament for some time.
(With inputs from ANI)
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Last Updated 15, Oct 2019, 1:05 PM