Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan Davis Cup tie being shifted to neutral venue

Pakistan Davis Cup tie being shifted to neutral venue

"In a couple of days, the squad will be announced because there is hardly any time left for the tie", said Rajpal, who is also a member of BJP's Delhi unit.

The All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) determined to nominate Rajpal at its Annual Basic Assembly (AGM) in Chandigarh.

Anticipating that the ITF may not change its stance, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) had early on Monday appointed its selection panel chairman and former player Rohit Rajpal as the non-playing captain.

Bhupathi had taken over from Anand Amritraj in December 2016.

"The refusal of Bhupathi to journey to Pakistan has not gone down properly with the AITA".

The legendary Leander Paes has made himself available for the highly-anticipated tie and there was talk on whether the 46-year old would be considered for the job. It's over for him.

"The AITA needs to proceed with the custom of non-playing captain, so Leander will certainly be thought of as soon as he hangs up his boots", mentioned an official, who was a part of the assembly.

The AITA has requested the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to shift the tie to a neutral venue and the world governing body is likely to take a final decision later on Monday.

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In August, New Delhi revoked the special status of India-held Kashmir, a move slammed by Pakistan as a violation of worldwide rules.

"The ITF and Davis Cup Committee's first priority has always been the safety of athletes, officials and spectators and the decision was made on this basis", the ITF said.

Rajpal made his Davis Cup debut in 1990 in opposition to Korea in Seoul, the place India suffered a Zero-5 whitewash.

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"He will be fourth captain since I took up the coach's job".

"Indians know very well that it is very hard to outsmart Pakistan players at their home soil. He has been on Davis Cup team with me and knows what is required", said Zeeshan.

"As of now, with my experience, there is a lot I can contribute to the team as the coach". "I will speak to all the players and try to convince them", he added. I am sure that we will give Indians tough time and despite being highly underdogs, we will put up the show of our lives.

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