Govt has no say in Indias Davis Cup participation in Pakistan: Rijiju

Govt has no say in Indias Davis Cup participation in Pakistan: Rijiju

Govt has no say in Indias Davis Cup participation in Pakistan: Rijiju

There is perhaps a bigger question mark now over India's Asia/Oceania Group 1 Davis Cup fixture against Pakistan in Islamabad post the Indian government revoking Article 370 in Kashmir.

If India don't play the ties, they will be slapped with a fine like Hong Kong were after they refused to play an away tie in Pakistan.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) will be seeking a neural venue for the tie but its Pakistani counterpart on Sunday made it clear that it would not agree to a change as preparations are already underway in Islamabad.

Tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue have escalated. 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.

In 2015, Pakistan played both their home ties on neutral venues. "Therefore, the government of India or the national federation do not have a say on whether India will participate or not", he added. "However, we continue to monitor the situation with our advisors", said Heather Bowler, ITF's Executive Director, Communications & Digital, in her e-mail response.

"Regarding this, we did not have any meeting, we need to put in an application and we are gathering the information for the application of visa as the players are playing in different competitions around the world", Chatterjee had said.AITA on August 5 had announced Mahesh Bhupathi as the skipper for the India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie on September 14 and 15 in Islamabad. However, the Indian team's participation in the tie, whether in Pakistan or at a neutral venue, may now require the approval of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

"The team of six players, support staff and coach will be going to Pakistan".

However, the tennis team is set to rise through the political tensions that cloud the two team's relationships and will become the first Indian Davis Cup team to play in Pakistan since 1964. But Saifullah said the Indian tennis team will be perfectly safe in Pakistan.

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