India want Davis Cup tie moved from Pakistan over Kashmir

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

The Indian tennis federation yesterday confirmed that it will approach world governing body ITF, seeking a neutral venue for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan, saying it's not an "unreasonable request" considering the escalating tension between the two nations.

With political tension rising between India and Pakistan, AITA has said it will ask the International Tennis Federation to move the Davis Cup tie to a neutral venue. "Therefore, the government of India or the national federation do not have a say on whether India will participate or not", he added.

The Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill 2019 was also passed which converted Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir (with a legislature) and Ladakh (without legislature) and after this decision, Pakistan chose to downgrade diplomatic ties with India.

"We are sticking to our original programme of hosting the tie on 14-15 September and I don't see any problem or reason for the Indian team to feel unsafe to come to Islamabad", Saifullah said.

"We're aware that you had done a safety check before diplomatic ties were downgraded (by Pakistan)".

"The Davis Cup team was pretty happy with the security situation there earlier but that was before the Kashmir issue arose".

"I am hopeful they will shift the tie because Pakistan is used to playing in neutral venues", Mahajan said. "We will observe how the situation is", he said. "But if it is a multilateral event organised by worldwide bodies then we can't take our own isolated stand", Rijiju was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The last time Pakistan played on neutral venue was when it hosted China in Colombo, Sri Lanka in March 2016.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni, Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan and Sasi Kumar Mukund have all been named in the lineup.

If the tie takes place as per the schedule, India will travel to Pakistan to compete in a Davis Cup fixture after 55 years.

"The team of six players, support staff and coach will be going to Pakistan".

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