Davis Cup tie in Pakistan after Indian appeal of neutral venue was rejected
The Chair of the Independent Tribunal rejected India’s appeal against traveling to Pakistan on security concerns, ruled that the Davis Cup tie will be held in Pakistan on February 3 – 4, 2024.
The Chair of the Independent Tribunal, Judge David Casserly, rejected India’s appeal against the ITF Davis Cup Committee’s decision. The tribunal ruled that the Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and India will take place in Pakistan.
Earlier, All India Tennis Association (AITA) first lost an appeal to the 15-member Davis Cup Committee’s (DCC). The Indian tennis body later approached an arbitration tribunal named as Independent Tribunal for International Tennis Federation (ITF). India in its appeal reiterated stance on ‘ security concern ‘ for playing Davis Cup tie in Pakistan and lobbied for neutral venue.
“The DCC’s decision to hold the tie in Pakistan has solid grounds and it is pertinent on all the nations to visit the venue (country) selected by the DCC for the Davis Cup ties,” the Tribunal said.
“There is no such situation in Pakistan where an Indian team cannot travel and participate in the Davis Cup tie. Pakistan has hosted some important Davis Cup ties just recently in a successful manner so there is no solid grounds as to why Pakistan cannot host the tie against India in a befitting manner. Maintaining law and order is the sole responsibility of the host nation. Indian team should rest assured that required security measures will be in order for their travel and participation,” the committee opined.
India never lost to Pakistan in the Davis Cup competition in eight ties against each other. In 2019 , India citing security concerns moved the Davis Cup tie to Kazakstan and won by 4- 0 to Pakistan.
Pakistan-India Davis Cup tie will be held on February 3 – 4 2024 in Islamabad.