Islamabad, December 28, 2023, The Europe Today: Indian tennis team is unlikely to travel to Pakistan for the Davis Cup clash against the latter slated to be played in February next year due to the alleged travel bar.
India could potentially have to forfeit the Davis Cup play-off against rival Pakistan as the local tennis association revealed Thursday that the team was waiting for approval to visit Pakistan.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) sought approval from the sports ministry to travel to Pakistan after the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tribunal rejected a request to move the fixture to a third country.
“The proposal is still pending with the ministry, and we are awaiting a decision,” said AITA secretary-general Anil Dhupar.
Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) president Salim Saifullah Khan mentioned that 18 members of the Indian squad had applied for visas for the World Group 1 clash scheduled for February 3-4.
“We have all the arrangements put in place. They will be given the best security and accommodation. Let politics be kept away from sports, and better sense prevails,” he added.