Mahesh Bhupathi named captain for India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie

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The Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju has said that an isolated stand can not be taken when it comes to multilateral events organised by worldwide bodies. Any bilateral match with Pakistan will have to get clearance from the government but if it is a multilateral event organised by worldwide bodies then we can not take our own isolated stand.

Earlier, Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) chief Salim Saifullah Khan had said that tensions between the two countries have increased and that they will respect whatever decision the ITF takes.

The country has downgraded diplomatic ties with India after provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, were done away with and the state was turned into a Union Territory.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) will be seeking a neural venue for the tie but its Pakistani counterpart on Sunday made it clear that it would not agree to a change as preparations are already underway in Islamabad.

The tie, for which AITA named a full-strength team, is scheduled to be held in Islamabad on September 14 and 15. Hong Kong had refused to travel to Pakistan in 2017, giving them a walkover. "So after that we have asked them for a review of that security situation", said Chatterjee. It is not a bilateral series, it's a World Cup of tennis so we have to go. "As it is after a long time we have started hosting our Davis Cup ties at home", he said. "In current circumstances, it is not conducive to play there", he added.

India suspended bilateral sporting ties with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which were launched by terrorists and their organisations that are hosted and supported by the Pakistani establishment.

"The team of six players, support staff and coach will be going to Pakistan".

"We will wait for two days to see how the situation is and will then approach the ITF to if possible, shift the venue to a neutral place so that players can play comfortably".

An Indian tennis team last went to Pakistan in 1964, with the visitors securing a 4-0 victory.

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