Bopanna blasts AITA for change of captain 'don't interfere' warns parent body

Pakistan and India to play Davis Cup tie at neutral venue

On the approval of the ITF's decision to have the match Venue or its place in place.

The tie, set for November 29 and 30, was scheduled to be held in the Pakistani capital but the ITF on Monday decided that the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I game will be played at a neutral venue. Players and non-playing captain Bhupathi opted not to travel to the neighbouring country. Veteran Rohan Bopanna, one of many gamers who refused to go to Islamabad due to safety points, tweeted on Tuesday expressing his shock over AITA altering the captain earlier than Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) shifted the Asia/Oceania Group I tie from Islamabad to a impartial venue.

Bopanna's comments did not go down well with AITA as the federation feels that it is not the prerogative of the players to discuss administrative matters.

The tie was originally scheduled to be played in September but the ITF pushed back it to November 29-30 after political tension between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

It have to be talked about on this regard that Bhupathi's time period because the non-playing captain had already received over in December 2018 and he was given an extension to steer the aspect within the tie towards Italy in February this yr in Kolkata. "Being a top professional and victor of countless worldwide and national titles, it hurts me and all those, who want to help Pakistan tennis and want players to flourish, but the federation is in no mood to use commonsense", he added.

"With my years of experience and representation, I would like for the system to know that the player's best interest is when the players are heard", Bopanna said in the tweet. It is understood that the AITA wasn't entirely happy about the captain refusing national duty. "When we bring our patriotism on court with raquet (sic) in hand, we also bring a voice", he wrote. "If someone is doing it they are exceeding their brief and that is exactly what Rohan is doing", said AITA secretary-general Hironmoy Chatterjee.

Sources say, Paes could also be paired with left-handed Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who has made a mark on the doubles circuit in the past two years. This came amid flaring tensions between India and Pakistan, with the former boycotting the latter and not sending the teams to play there over security issues. I think the ITF should have let the tie in September, as nothing was wrong in Pakistan and Islamabad, but it was a well-planned and well-written script by the Indian Tennis Federation and they were fully backed by the ITF.

PTI adds from Karachi: The Pakistan Tennis Federation will hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether to appeal the decision of ITF. Requested if he had a phrase with Bhupathi, Chatterjee mentioned: "I had a word with Mahesh". "Our top players like Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan had made it clear earlier they would not be available for selection if the tie is not played in Islamabad", PTF President Saleem Saifullah said. "Once again Pakistan is getting penalised for someone else actions".



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