MUMBAI: India’s Davis Cup tie in opposition to Pakistan at Islamabad this month should be performed at a impartial venue after the most recent recommendation from the Worldwide Tennis Federation’s unbiased safety advisors, the world governing physique mentioned on Monday.
The Asia/Oceania Group I tie, initially scheduled for September 14-15 in Islamabad, was postponed by the ITF to November 29-30 following a safety evaluation amid political tensions between the bitter neighbours.
The All India Tennis Affiliation had requested the ITF to shift the tie to a impartial venue.
“Following a evaluation of the most recent recommendation given by the ITF’s unbiased safety advisors, the Davis Cup Committee has taken the choice that the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie between Pakistan and India on 29-30 November 2019, should be performed at a impartial venue,” the ITF mentioned in an announcement.
“The ITF and Davis Cup Committee’s first precedence has at all times been the protection of athletes, officers and spectators and the choice was made on this foundation,” it added.
In response to Davis Cup rules, the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) now has 5 working days to decide on and make sure their proposed venue.
Pakistan was pressured to host Davis Cup ties at impartial venues for greater than a decade as groups refused to journey to the nation citing safety considerations.
They performed their first dwelling tie after a niche of 12 years in opposition to Iran in 2017, whereas Hong Kong was relegated and fined by the ITF after they refused to journey to Pakistan the identical yr.