LONDON (England): In a big relief for India’s national tennis federation, the world governing body ITF decided to shift Davis Cup tie against Pakistan from Islamabad to a neutral venue.
The tie was scheduled to be held in September but was delayed when India expressed concerns about the safety of their players due to the prevailing diplomatic tensions between the two nations.
The ITF, in a statement, said that following a review of the latest advice given by the ITF’s independent security advisors, the Davis Cup Committee has taken the decision that the Group I tie between Pakistan and India on 29-30 November must be played at a neutral venue.
According to Davis Cup regulations, the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) now has the choice to nominate a neutral venue. It has five working days to confirm its proposed venue.
According to Davis Cup rules, “the Pakistan Tennis Federation now has the choice to nominate a neutral venue and has five working days to confirm their proposed venue,” it added. “The venue will be announced once the choice has been submitted and approved.”
An Indian tennis team last played a Davis Cup tie in Pakistan in 1964, when they beat the hosts 4-0. Pakistan lost 3-2 when they played in Mumbai in 2006.