India-Pak Davis Cup tie postponed to November


CHENNAI, August 22: In a huge relief for the Indian tennis fraternity, the International Tennis Federation decided to postpone India’s Asia Oceania Group 1 Davis Cup match against Pakistan to November. The match, which was supposed to take place in Islamabad on September 14-15, had to be postponed because India was not in a position to travel to the neighbouring country due to the escalated diplomatic tension.
The decision was taken by the Davis Cup committee on Thursday after two scheduled meetings of the AITA with ITF were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday respectively. “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. 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 September 9. 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,” ITF said in a release.
The AITA was obviously happy with the developments. “This was one of the options that we, too, proposed. We are happy that ITF understood our position and decided to postpone the match till November,” Hironmoy Chatterjee, the AITA general secretary said.
Had ITF not budged from their stand of not rescheduling the match or changing the venue, AITA might have been forced to pull out of the match. It would have meant that India would have lost a golden opportunity to play the Davis Cup Finals in November.
“It’s a relief, hope things work out well for all the parties from here on,” Chatterjee added. (TNN)