ITF postpones risky Pakistan vs. India Davis Cup tie


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ITF postpones risky Pakistan vs. India Davis Cup tie

On 6 August, the Indian government decided to revoke a sensitive Article of its constitution. Article 370 of the Indian constitution accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Following the revocation of the said Article, Pakistan which claims Kashmir as its own, decided to snap or downgrade diplomatic ties with its neighbor.

As a result, the Indian envoy was sent back by Pakistan, the train service was halted, and airspace access to Indian planes over Pakistan was also taken back. In the given circumstances, things have become problematic for India's Davis Cup tie against Pakistan that was to be played in Islamabad at the Pakistan Sports Complex on September 14-15.

The All India Tennis Association wrote to the ITF on 13 August about shifting the tie to a neutral venue but things were not going their way, with the ITF assuring it is safe to hold the tie in Islamabad in September, encouraging the Indian squad to make the first trip to Pakistan since 1964!

Still, the ITF had to put the safety concerns above everything, rescheduling the tie for November and announcing the exact date in the next ten days. The officials will continue to monitor all the latest news and acts between two countries, hoping everything will be o.k and that India will be able to compete in the neighboring country for the first time in many decades.

"Following an in-depth security review of the current situation in Pakistan by independent expert security advisors, the Davis Cup Committee has taken the decision to postpone the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie between Pakistan and India in Islamabad, due to be played on 14-15 September.

The Committee concluded that this is an exceptional circumstance while the first priority of the ITF is the safety and security of athletes, officials and spectators. The tie has been rescheduled for November, with the exact dates to be confirmed by the Committee no later than 9 September.

The ITF will continue to monitor the situation in Pakistan and the Davis Cup Committee will re-convene to re-examine the security situation in advance of the tie."