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Davis Cup: Pakistan challenges ITF decision to shift India tie

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Wants India tie to be played in Islamabad

Pakistan has filed an appeal with the International Tennis Federation (ITF), challenging its decision to shift the Davis Cup tie against India to a neutral venue. It has asserted that Islamabad is well-equipped to host the clash.

Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) president Salim Saifullah said a formal appeal has been filed with the international body and a response was expected by November 15.

“We have pointed out that we are fully prepared to host India for the Davis Cup tie as there is no security issue and nor should political ties between the two countries override our chance of hosting a major event,” Saifullah said.

“I think our case is very strong because there is no viable argument for shifting the tie to a neutral venue,” he added.

Pakistan was earlier scheduled to host India in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group-I Tie on September 14-15 at the grass courts of Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad, where matches against Uzbekistan, Korea and Thailand have taken place in 2017 and 2018.

But the ITF announced early this month that the tie would be held at a neutral venue to be chosen by Pakistan after the All India Tennis Association (AITA) requested the tie to be shifted from Islamabad.

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