Indian Davis Cup Squad For Pakistan Likely On August 5


first_imgKolkata: For the first time in 55 years, the Indian tennis team will travel to Pakistan for their two-day Asia-Oceania Group 1 tie in September, and the squad for the same is likely to be named on August 5, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) said on Sunday.“We have got the invitation and now we are in the process of getting the visas done. We will be going to Pakistan for the Davis Cup tie. The squad is likely to be announced on the 5th of August,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee confirmed to IANS.“I have said previously as well, that this is something we cannot avoid as this is the World Cup of tennis. We will be penalised if we don’t turn up,” he said.India will be slapped with a fine like Hong Kong were after they refused to play an away tie in Pakistan. They were not only fined but also relegated to a lower division.An Indian tennis team last went to Pakistan in 1964, with the visitors securing a 4-0 victory.Since the draw was out in February, there was a lot of talk around India going to Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack and the strained political ties between the countries.But after the International Tennis Federation (ITF) gave Pakistan the green signal to host the Davis Cup tie at the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad, AITA started the process of checking player availability and sorting visa applications.The sports ministry also cleared the Indian team’s participation in the tie. This will be the first time since 2006 that the two countries will meet in the Davis Cup. IANSAlso Read: After 1964, Pakistan Tennis Federation all Set to Host India in Davis Cuplast_img

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