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Good News After 1964, Pakistan all set to host India in Davis Cup
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The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has said that it is all set to host Indian tennis team for the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-I tie after a gap of 55 years.

On Thursday, Vice President of the PTF Muhammad Khalid Rehmani told the media that all necessary arrangements have been made to hold the tie in a befitting manner in September this year.

Indian team last visited Pakistan in March 1964 and defeated the hosts by 4-0 in Lahore. Later on, Pakistan and India had faced each other in a Davis Cup ties in April 2006 in Mumbai, India.

The visiting side will play the tie against the hosts at the grass-court of the Pakistan Sports Complex in capital Islamabad from September 14 to 15. Pakistan has already played ties against teams from Uzbekistan, South Korea and Thailand at the same venue in 2017 and 2018.

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Mahesh Bhupathi, Players Seek Assurance On Security, AITA Says Don't Worry

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The Indian tennis players are "excited and available" to travel to Pakistan for the upcoming Davis Cup tie but want to be assured that all the security measures are in place before they reach Islamabad. All the players, save an "injured" Sumit Nagal are available for the tie, scheduled for September 14-15 in the capital city of Pakistan. The squad, likely to be led by number one singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran under non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi, will be first from the country to travel to the neighbouring nation in 55 years.

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AITA Should Do What the Government Suggests: Vijay Amritraj on Davis Cup Tie against Pakistan

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Chennai: The legendary Vijay Amritraj on Wednesday said the national tennis federation should follow the government's instruction on the Indian Davis Cup team's visit to Pakistan for an upcoming tie.

"We should 100 per cent follow what the government says on the issue. They know the intricacies of what happens. I think the MEA and the Prime Minister's Office will take a call. The global perspective in this scenario is very important," he said while replying to a question as to whether India should travel to Pakistan.

The AITA has said that the Sports Ministry has not raised any objection to the Indian team travelling to the neighbouring nation.

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Davis Cup: Mahesh Bhupathi named captain for India-Pakistan tie

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All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Monday announced Mahesh Bhupathi as the skipper for the India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie on September 14 and 15 in Islamabad.

Six players have been named by the association, who will be taking part in Davis Cup. Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni, Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan and Sasi Kumar Mukund have all been named in the lineup.

Mukund has been named as the reserve and Zeeshan Ali will be the coach of the team.

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PTF Rules Out Shifting of Davis Cup Tie Against India to Neutral Venue

The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) Sunday ruled out shifting of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group-1 tie against India to be played in Islamabad on September 14-15 to a neutral venue.

PTF chief Saleem Saifullah told PTI that the federation was making all the preparations to host the tie at the Islamabad Sports Complex.

"We are sticking to our original programme of hosting the tie on 14-15 September and I don't see any problem or reason for the Indian team to feel unsafe to come to Islamabad," Saifullah said.

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Davis Cup: AITA seeks another security check in Islamabad from world body

India's national tennis federation today decided that it will not seek a change of venue for the Davis Cup tie versus Pakistan in Islamabad but requested the world body ITF to conduct another security check there in view of the fresh diplomatic tension.

India's participation in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group 1 Davis Cup tie, scheduled on September 14 and 15, is uncertain owing to high political tension with Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju made it clear that the government will not have a say in the matter as Davis Cup is not a bilateral engagement. He said, Davis Cup is not bilateral and is organised by a world sporting body.

No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964 and bilateral cricket ties between the two countries have been dormant since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

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I doubt government will permit them to travel to Pakistan now due to the prevailing tension between two countries.?
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World tennis body refuses to shift India’s Davis Cup tie out of Pakistan

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In a big snub to India’s national tennis federation, the world governing body ITF on Wednesday refused to either postpone or shift the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan out of Islamabad.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has communicated to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) that timings or the venue for the September 14-15 tie won’t change as of now.

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AITA Meet With ITF Over Pakistan Tie Called Off: Mahesh Bhupathi

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The teleconference between the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) regarding the former's security concerns about playing the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group 1 tie against Pakistan in Islamabad next month has been cancelled, tennis icon Mahesh Bhupathi said. The all-important meeting, which was postponed to Tuesday from Monday and was supposed to start from 7 p.m., has now been called off.

"It was cancelled. I just heard from AITA," India's non-playing captain Bhupathi told IANS.

The Davis Cup committee will now meet on Wednesday to discuss on the issue.

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