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- Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - From Print Edition


KARACHI: Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has written letters to ITF and Malaysian tennis body regarding Pakistan’s Davis Cup tie against New Zealand in April this year.


In a letter to Chairman Davis Cup Committee International Tennis Federation (ITF), London, President PTF Syed Kaleem Imam has sought permission to host next Davis Cup tie against New Zealand from April 5-7.


“PTF has already submitted you duly filled in ITF Questionnaire along with a lot of material in support of our request to allow us tie hosting. I would like to additionally send you my personal request to kindly accept our stance that the prevailing local conditions have nothing against holding the tie in Pakistan,” he stated.


For quick reference, President PTF has attached two news clippings with the letter regarding international tent pegging event held in Pakistan recently in which teams from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and India participated, while Afghanistan’s national cricket team touring Pakistan was also shared as a reference.


While justifying the references, PTF stated that cricket and tent pegging are the sports which are played in large size stadiums and if those events can be held peacefully a Davis Cup tie should be no problem.


“I would like to additionally emphasize that we have submitted you very comprehensive documents and plans to justify the holding of tie in Pakistan and security arrangements. We are also willing to come over to you in UK on short notice should you feel need for our personal appearance before a decision is taken,” he added.


PTF has also written to President Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) Datuk Abdul Razak B Latiff, seeking his permission to hold Pakistan’s Davis Cup tie on the courts of Penang Sports Club. “I would like to inform you that Pakistan is scheduled to play Davis Cup Tie second round against New Zealand from April 5-7. According to the Davis Cup rules Pakistan has hosting rights for the tie, but for the last nine years foreign teams have been reluctant to come to Pakistan due to security concerns,” said President PTF.


He further said that in such circumstances the Davis Cup Committee of ITF shifted the venue to New Zealand in the last two ties. “Unfortunately, the ITF once again refused to allow us holding the tie in Pakistan despite our assurance of fool proof security arrangements, but PTF is given a choice to hold this tie on a neutral venue,” he added.