Pakistan Tennis Federation announced that it will play host to India in a Davis Cup Group 1 Tie in Islamabad. According to reports, PTF President Salim Saifullah Khan confirmed that they are ready to host the tie in the nation’s capital and that it will be played on a grass court.
Salim pointed out, “The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has acknowledged Pakistan’s surge to the top in Asia and thus has included the team amongst the best in the continent. The leading teams in Asia will have the opportunity to make it to the World Group. The choice of the court is with Pakistan and as such India would be coming to Pakistan for the very first time to figure in the tie. There is no denying the fact that tennis in India is far advance and their players are considered amongst the best around.
Some of India’s players are even ranked within the top 200 in the world. We are a developing tennis country and largely depend on the ability of our two leading players Aisamul Haq and Aqeel Khan to help us get through. I am hopeful and confident that the two would continue to excel for Pakistan," he added.
It was earlier reported that India’s Davis Cup team is likely to get a green light from the government to make the trip to Pakistan for the tie.
It is not a hidden phenomenon that bilateral sporting relations between India and Pakistan have come to a standstill post the 2008 Mumbai attacks. In cricket, both the countries meet in marquee events (if in a same group or knockout clash). Talking about hockey, there has been constant faceoff between both subcontinental counties (in Asian Games, Asian Champions Trophy etc) and Pakistan even toured India for the 14th Hockey World Cup at Bhubaneswar in November-December 2018.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega