NEW DELHI: In view of the growing tension between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, questions are raised whether the Indian team will be able to go to Pakistan to participate in the Davis Cup. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) today said on Thursday that the match between the two countries has been questioned after Pakistan broke business relations with India and sent back the Indian Ambassador. The action was taken by Pakistan after the withdrawal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
"It could have an impact on the match," said AITA General Secretary Hiranyamay Chatterjee. It is too early to say anything, but I will wait a couple of days. We will then urge the International Tennis Federation to look into the situation and make a decision. A request will be made to hold the match at a neutral place if required. The Davis Cup is scheduled to be held on September 14 and 15. The Indian team has also been announced for the purpose.
The team comprises Prajesh Guneshwaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saket Minnie, Rohan Bopanna, and Divij Sharan. The federation has started the process of obtaining visas for the players. "If Pakistan does not give visas, how do we go there," Chatterjee said. He may not give a visa. Even if they give visas, will they be able to give us proper security? The Indian Davis Cup team last went to Pakistan in 1964. Bilateral cricket relations between the two countries have been closed since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Mary Kom in World Championship team, Nikhat cries foul, demands trial
Pakistan Cricket Board parts ways with coach Mickey Arthur
Sports Ministry sets up 12-members committee for sports awards