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Davis Cup: India draw Pakistan again, PTF won't agree to shifting matches to neutral venue

PTF president Salim Saifullah Khan says they will host India on grass

PTI New Delhi Published 22.09.23, 08:57 AM
Representational image.

Representational image. File photo

India have been drawn to play Pakistan in the World Group I playoffs and the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on Thursday made it clear that it won’t agree to shift their home tie to a neutral venue this time.

India had drawn Pakistan in 2019 also but due to “security concerns”, the Asia/Oceania Group I tie was shifted to Kazakhstan, a neutral venue.


As a mark of protest, Pakistan’s top players Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan had opted not to play, and rookies Mohammed Shoaib, Huzaifa Abdul Rehm­an and Yousaf Khalil competed.

India had expectedly thrashed a weak Pakistan line-up 4-0 where Pakistan won only seven games.

The ITF had agreed to shift the tie to a neutral venue in 2019 but it will be tough for AITA to convince the world governing body if the national federation pushes for a neutral venue.

Qureshi said: “Hopefully this time it will be played in Pakistan.”

PTF president Salim Saifullah Khan said they will host India on grass.

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