Monday Jul 29 2019

India tennis team set to tour Pakistan for Davis Cup tie

The upcoming Davis Cup tie is scheduled to be played at the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad.—File photo

NEW DELHI: India's tennis team will travel to Pakistan for their Davis Cup tie, the country's governing body chief confirmed Monday, despite strained relations between the nations.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) said the government had no issues with the players crossing the border for the Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie to be held on September 14 and 15.

"Yes, they are set to tour Pakistan," said AITA president Praveen Mahajan. "We informed the government about it and they were OK with it.

"We did not require a clearance from them because it is an international event but we do not do anything without asking the government."

An Indian team last toured Pakistan in 1964 for the Davis Cup, where they defeated the hosts 4-0. Pakistan lost 3-2 when they toured Mumbai in 2006.

Until a few years ago, Pakistan was forced to host its home Davis Cup ties at neutral venues as teams refused to travel to the South Asian nation over security concerns.

But Mahajan said India has not demanded any "special security" arrangements for the upcoming tie to be played at the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad.

India are likely to announce their touring squad in the first week of August.