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Decision on neutral venue for Davis Cup to be taken after Eid

Decision on neutral venue for Davis Cup to be taken after Eid”

Pakistan Tennis Federation President Salim Saifullah Khan had earlier said they would honour the decision of the ITF if the AITA sought a neutral venue. "Right now, the situation is not very conducive for the players to go and play in Pakistan", Chatterjee had said.

"It's now up to the ITF".

Notably, there is no clarity regarding the participation of Indian athletes in Asia-Oceania Zone Group 1 Davis Cup encounter scheduled to be played on 14 and 15 September in Islamabad owing to high political tension between India and Pakistan. Pakistan on Wednesday chose to reduce diplomatic relations with India after Section 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was removed by the central government.

AITA's secretary general, Hironmoy Chatterjee, then told Timesofindia.com that they will put in the request soon. "Therefore, the government of India or the national federation do not have a say on whether India will participate or not", he added. "So on Monday we will make the request", said Chatterjee. It's a genuine request. "In the current circumstances, it is not conducive to play there", he said.

Pakistan has responded to Delhi's move by downgrading diplomatic ties with India amid a military lockdown in Indian-occupied Kashmir and has suspended cross-border train services, the Samjhauta Express, and the Thar Express, to India.

Since 2017, Pakistan have played four of their five home ties in Islamabad, hosting Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Iran. However, it is a point to note that all of Pakistan's matches had till recently been held at neutral venues because teams from other countries had refused to travel there because of terrorism and security concerns. His comment comes even as India tried to get the venue changed to a neutral one, and Pakistan's refusal to agree to such a request.

"I am hopeful they will shift the tie because Pakistan is used to playing in neutral venues", Mahajan said. They played Chinese Taipei in Turkey while they hosted Kuwait in Colombo.



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