Aisam ul Haq slams ITF for ‘disgraceful’ Davis Cup decision

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan tennis star Aisam ul Haq termed as “shocking and disgraceful” the International Tennis Federation’s decision to shift India’s Davis Cup tie from Islamabad to a neutral venue.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Aisam said that Pakistan was getting penalized for someone else’s actions.

“A really shocking,embarrassing,disgraceful,sad and unfair decision by @ITF_Tennis
to hold this @DavisCup tie on a neutral venue.Once again #Pakistan is getting penalised for someone else’s actions. To me it’s an absolute discrimination at every level,” Haq tweeted.

The Asia/Oceania Group I tie, originally scheduled for Sept. 14-15 in Islamabad, was postponed by the ITF to Nov. 29-30 following a security review amid political tensions between the bitter neighbours.

The All India Tennis Association had requested the ITF to shift the tie to a neutral venue.

“As per the Davis Cup Regulations, the Pakistan Tennis Federation now has the choice to nominate a neutral venue and has five working days to confirm their proposed venue,” the ITF said in a statement.

Pakistan was forced to host Davis Cup ties at neutral venues for more than a decade as teams refused to travel to the country citing security concerns.

They played their first home tie after a gap of 12 years against Iran in 2017, while Hong Kong was relegated and fined by the ITF after they refused to travel to Pakistan the same year.