MUMBAI: Tennis chiefs are happy with the present security plan in place for subsequent month’s Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and India in Islamabad even after the latter requested for one more spherical of safety evaluation.
Pakistan final week expelled India’s ambassador and suspended bilateral commerce with its neighbour after New Delhi eliminated “particular standing” from its portion of the contested area of Kashmir.
The All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) has already named a six-member squad underneath captain Mahesh Bhupathi for the September 14-15 tie however subsequent developments have put a query mark over the competition.
“Security and safety are the ITF’s highest precedence,” the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) stated in an announcement to Reuters.
“We’re working intently with the host nation and unbiased professional safety advisers – the ITF is happy with their present safety evaluation of the positioning and the safety plan in place.
“The general safety danger score for Pakistan has not modified, nevertheless, we are going to proceed to watch the scenario intently with our advisers.”
India and Pakistan have gone to warfare thrice since independence within the mid-20th century and one other battle nearly erupted earlier this yr.
Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours additional soured in February after a suicide automobile bombing killed a minimum of 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK).
An Indian tennis workforce final went to Pakistan in 1964 for a Davis Cup tie, defeating their hosts Four-Zero, whereas Pakistan misplaced Three-2 on their final go to to India in 2006.
Pakistan was compelled to host Davis Cup ties at impartial venues for greater than a decade as groups refused to journey to the nation due to safety issues.
They performed their first dwelling tie after a niche of 12 years in opposition to Iran in 2017, whereas Hong Kong was relegated and fined by the ITF after they refused to journey to Pakistan the identical yr.
India’s cricket workforce has not toured Pakistan since 2007 and bilateral ties between the international locations have remained suspended since 2008, though they’ve met in worldwide competitors.
India’s sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju has stated the federal government wouldn’t stop the workforce from enjoying the Davis Cup tie in Pakistan because it was not a bilateral sequence and was organised by a world physique.
In an electronic mail to the ITF on Monday, AITA chief Hironmoy Chatterjee stated India had full confidence the ITF and Pakistan Tennis Federation would organise an “glorious” Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie however stated extra safety checks could be so as.
“We’re conscious that you simply had executed a security verify earlier than the diplomatic ties have been downgraded,” secretary-general Chatterjee wrote.
“ITF could discover it applicable to do one other verify to its personal satisfaction to make sure the security of all of the stakeholders related with the tie.
“AITA is, due to this fact, ready to your ultimate certificates confirming the security of all of the stakeholders and the main points of the safety plan ready … in order that we are able to begin making use of for visas (and) make obligatory journey preparations.”