India makes another try to shift Davis Cup tie away from Pakistan


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India makes another try to shift Davis Cup tie away from Pakistan

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

On August 6, 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 August 13 about shifting the tie to a neutral venue but nothing had changed, 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 in 55 years!

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.

Meanwhile, the All Indian Tennis Association has made another effort to move the tie away from Pakistan to the natural venue, as it was requested by their players. If the clash still happens, Sumit Nagal will replace Prajnesh Gunneswaran who is getting married on November 28.

"The players have written to us, asking us to request the ITF to shift the venue. We have written to the ITF today," AITA honorary secretary-general Hironmoy Chatterjee said. "We have mentioned the seriousness of the situation and also how it was obvious during the UN summit after the speech of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. Sumit Nagal will replace Prajnesh Gunneswaran who will get married on November 28."