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Indian players seek neutral venue for Davis Cup

The Indian Davis Cup team wants the tie against Pakistan in Islamabad next month to be shifted to a neutral venue and is baffled that the national federation has merely asked for a security re-check so far.

After repeatedly making statements that the All India Tennis Association (AITA) will seek a neutral venue, its general secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee surprisingly sought just a security re-check from the International Tennis Federation.

It left the players and the team management disappointed and after discussing the matter among themselves, they have decided to approach the federation. “We have asked AITA to request for a neutral venue,” said India captain Mahesh Bhupathi.

Another player, who did not wish to be named, said the team is “quite surprised” with how AITA has dealt with the situation.

The AITA said it would go ahead with the visa formalities for the tie if the September 14-15 clash is cleared by the ITF following a fresh security check.

The AITA is also being criticised for not seeking a neutral venue despite the prevailing circumstances.

“It’s beyond understanding why AITA did not ask for change in venue in clear terms? Why are they beating around the bush? Do players mean anything to them,” said another official.

No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964. Since 2017, Pakistan has played four of its five home ties in Islamabad, hosting Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Iran. Hong Kong had refused to travel to Pakistan in 2017, giving it a walkover.

The last time Pakistan played on a neutral venue was when it hosted China in Colombo in 2016.

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