Pakistan to host Davis Cup tie vs. India in the last week of November

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Pakistan to host Davis Cup tie vs. India in the last week of November

Ever since the draw came out, it was clear that the risky Davis Cup Group I tie between Pakistan and India will not go on without troubles, especially after the latest problems between neighbor countries. Indian hasn't played in Pakistan since 1964 and their tennis organization did the best to postpone the tie or move it from Islamabad, despite choosing the team that would fight for the place at the 2020 Davis Cup Qualifiers.

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 decided to snap or downgrade diplomatic ties with its neighbor.

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 the end of November but keeping Islamabad as the host of the clash. The officials will continue to monitor all the latest news from that region, hoping for a peaceful situation and the first Indian trip to Pakistan in many decades, keeping the sport above everything.

"The Davis Cup Committee has determined that the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie between Pakistan and India will be rescheduled for the week commencing 25 November in Islamabad. The Pakistan Tennis Federation has until 19 September to confirm the precise dates of the two-day tie.

The ITF will continue to monitor the security situation in Pakistan with the host nation and our independent security advisors."