KARACHI: Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) cannot bring their Davis Cup tie issue to the Annual General Meeting of International Tennis Federation (ITF) since the board has given final decision.
Asked whether the PTF was allowed to bring this issue to the AGM, an ITF official told ‘The News’ that it was not. “According to the regulations, the ITF Board decision is final and binding on all parties,” said the ITF official.
The ITF Board of Directors upheld the decision of the Davis Cup Committee, which had denied the appeal by the PTF against the decision of the Referee at the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group II tie between Pakistan and New Zealand in Yangon, Myanmar, in April.
The PTF had announced challenging this decision at the AGM.
When this scribe asked PTF President Kaleem Imam about this restriction, he said the matter would be taken up and that the Board itself believed that rules needed to be changed, as it said in the last paragraph of its decision.
It is worth adding here that Aisam-ul-Qureshi after hearing the decision of the board announced taking up this issue with World Sports Tribunal. He was reported as saying that justice had not been done with Pakistan.
The board in its decision stated that the Referee had awarded the tie to New Zealand due to “an unplayable grass court”. The Board supported the Davis Cup Committee’s view that the Referee acted in accordance with the regulations that state that “the Referee may call off a Tie and award victory to the Visiting Nation if the Home Nation fails to provide a playable court ... and that the decision of the Referee is final”.
However, Pakistan considered it an unfair decision. “The board members’ decision seems pre-ordained. Never in the history of Davis Cup had a decision of forfeiting a tie been made — a wrong precedent been set,” Kaleem said at that time.
Interestingly, the ITF Board has directed the Davis Cup Committee to revisit its Regulations and determine whether any revisions are advisable or appropriate to address situations like this in the future.