Tennis: Pakistan appeal shifting of Davis Cup tie

Published: November 27, 2011

Playing Davis Cup ties abroad undermines potential advantage to be gained from home support, according to tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi. PHOTO: FILE AFP

Playing Davis Cup ties abroad undermines potential advantage to be gained from home support, according to tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi. PHOTO: FILE AFP 
Pakistan Tennis Federation says it is disappointed as it was making arrangements for the event.  PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Pakistan have appealed to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to reconsider its decision to shift the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania group two tie against Lebanon away from Lahore due to security reasons.

Pakistan were due to play Lebanon in Lahore in February next year but the ITF announced earlier in the week that the tie had been moved to Lebanon due to the security conditions prevalent in the country.

At a time when the country desperately seeks revival of international events, the decision has irked the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF).

Mumtaz Yousuf, the PTF secretary, confirmed that an official appeal had been lodged against the decision.

“We’re very disappointed at the ITF’s decision,” said Yousuf. “We’ve filed an appeal with them to reconsider their decision as there’s still time for the event.”

Yousuf claimed that Lebanon were ready to play the tie in Pakistan but the ITF had expressed its reservations over security conditions.

“The Lebanon tennis federation had accepted our invitation to play in Pakistan provided we guaranteed foolproof security for their players and we were doing that,” he said. “We’re disappointed because we were making proper arrangements and we had also kept the ITF informed about our plans. The ITF should’ve come to Pakistan to review the arrangements themselves before taking a decision.

Revival of sporting activities

International sporting activities in the country took a hit in the aftermath of the gun attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore in March 2009. This also had an effect on international tennis events taking place in the country, with Pakistan being forced to play their home Davis Cup ties against Hong Kong, Philippines, Oman and New Zealand abroad because of the security situation.

The ITF moved these ties after the opposing teams refused to travel to Pakistan. The PTF had also filed compensation claims with the ITF after losing the right to host their Davis Cup ties.

However, recent months have seen a revival of sporting activity with several international teams touring the country. Afghanistan’s cricket team toured Pakistan in May for a three-match one-day series against the country’s ‘A’ team.

The Indian blind cricket team recently concluded their trip to the country, having played a T20 and one-day series against their Pakistani counterparts in Lahore and Islamabad. Last week Pakistani and Indian wrestlers took part in the Indo-Pak Dangal in Lahore, Gujranwala and Faisalabad.

A football team from Palestine took part in a series with Pakistan and an international boxing tournament is also scheduled to be held in Islamabad where a host of countries are due to take part.

In addition, the Pakistan Cricket Board has been looking at the prospect of hosting a series against Bangladesh and cricket authorities from both the countries have been in talks regarding the matter.

Aisam unhappy with development

Meanwhile, the country’s top tennis player Aisamul Haq Qureshi lamented the development, saying it would be difficult for Pakistan to qualify for the main round of the Davis Cup if they always had to play away from home.

“It’s not easy going and playing our home ties abroad, it kills our advantage and home support,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 28th, 2011.

Reader Comments (10)

  • SK
    Nov 27, 2011 - 3:29PM

    So, now what happens? BCCI involved here also?

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  • Reddy
    Nov 27, 2011 - 3:41PM

    Oh yes !!
    The security issue again.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 27, 2011 - 8:23PM

    Yes its a BCCI conspiracy. RAW too in involved . LeT, JeM, Taleban ( Haqanni, TTP, Mullah etc factions ) are charitable organizations dedicated to encouraging tennis.

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  • AA
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:14PM

    @Babloo – you got it man!
    CIA and Mossad are also involved in this. The only savior is Pakistani army and ISI. They will bring Tennis back to Pak, just like they didn’t start but won every single war with India.

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  • Cipherman
    Nov 28, 2011 - 4:12AM

    Here comes all the pathetic comments from Indian peanut gallery.

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  • Nov 28, 2011 - 7:53AM

    Forget spots, businessmen are scared to come to Pakistan now. Not because of security but if their passports show they have visited Pakistan they will be marked when visiting other Countries. This is worse than any sporting event being moved out of Pakistan.

    How will Pakistan get any investments if no businessman is willing to come to Pakistan?

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  • gp65
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:16AM

    “However, recent months have seen a revival of sporting activity with several international teams touring the country. Afghanistan’s cricket team toured Pakistan in May for a three-match one-day series against the country’s ‘A’ team.
    The Indian blind cricket team recently concluded their trip to the country, having played a T20 and one-day series against their Pakistani counterparts in Lahore and Islamabad”

    Really? These are examples of international events returning to Pakistan?

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  • ayeba
    Nov 28, 2011 - 8:15PM

    This is not an India/Pakistan issue. Can you stop with these ill-informed, absurd comments? Being so bitter will not get you anywhere sadly. Hopefully Pakistan will be able to host other teams soon InshAllah and be able to capitalize the home advantage this may offer.

    here’s hoping the rest of your countrymen are saner!! Recommend

  • trtk
    Nov 28, 2011 - 8:22PM

    LOL… as if Lebanon is so very secure and safe!

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  • You Said It
    Dec 1, 2011 - 1:39AM

    @trtk:
    LOL… as if Lebanon is so very secure and safe!

    Obviously yes, according to the International Tennis Federation. Actions are louder than words.

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