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AITA sure of India's visit to Pakistan for Davis Cup tie

KOLKATA: A day after the Indian Davis Cup crew have been interested in play Pakistan in an away tie, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) expressed self belief that it is going to have the ability to ship the contingent to the neighbouring nation in spite of the Indian govt's coverage of not permitting sports activities teams to shuttle there. The tie is scheduled for September.

"I am confident we will be cleared to go to Pakistan. We have been drawn to play them in their den. If we can't go, we will be banned for two years," AITA secretary normal Hironmoy Chatterjee informed IANS over telephone.

The winner will transfer to the World Group Qualifiers.

Chatterjee's self belief stems from the fact that Pakistan have been allowed to participate within the Hockey World Cup right here not too long ago. "Pakistan were in Bhubaneswar (Hockey World Cup) and likewise we will travel to their country," he mentioned.

When identified that the federal government has not allowed the Indian cricket crew to shuttle to Pakistan for any bilateral collection, Chatterjee mentioned: "Cricket is not an Olympic sport. Tennis is an Olympic sport and this is the World Cup of tennis. The ITF (International Tennis Federation) decides the venue and we have been drawn to play in Pakistan, and we will go."

No Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964. In that tie in Lahore, India had prevailed over their competitors 4-0.

"It will be difficult for us then (if India is banned) to get back to the World Group. We share a good relation with the Pakistan Tennis Federation and have no problems in travelling," he mentioned, rubbishing experiences that the tie might be held on a neutral venue.

The draw for the tie happened in London.

In the last week's World Group Qualifier, India have been overwhelmed Three-1 by way of Italy on the Calcutta South Club right here.

Chatterjee additional mentioned Pakistan will decide the venue and the outside by way of June 25 and ship the nomination to India, after which the AITA will organize for visas for avid gamers and coaching workforce.

This is an away tie for India because the last time the 2 nations had met in Mumbai. India had then won the tie Three-2. Before that, India and Pakistan played at a neutral venue in Malaysia in 1973.

Current non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi was part of the crew, which also had Leander Paes, Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna who is still part of India's plans. Bopanna with doubles spouse Divij Sharan won the only rubber against Italy.

"It's a good draw for us. We would like to believe we are the stronger side. Prajnesh is doing well in the ATP challengers and Yuki (Bhambri) is recovering from injury. Ramkumar Ramanathan is expected to continue his surge. We will have three players inside top 150, which has not happened in the Indian tennis for a long time," India trainer Zeeshan Ali informed IANS.

Ali did not remark at the crew's Pakistan shuttle plan, announcing they have no problem in gambling any place and on any floor as long as they get the golf green sign.

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