The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on Wednesday decided to appeal against ITF’s decision to shift its Davis Cup tie against India to a neutral venue, saying the world governing body and the Indian tennis federation have lowered their stature with the move.
“We discussed about the decision in our meeting. We have decided to send our appeal to ITF on Thursday. It’s unfortunate, but life goes on. We are appealing against it and it’s our right. We are asking ITF to rethink the decision and allow the tie in Islamabad,” said PTF President Salim Saifullah.
“There is no terrorism, no war and no natural disaster. I don’t know why the Indians are worried. Thousands of Indians are coming to Pakistan every day. Only the tennis players did not want to come. It (the tie) has become a joke. Both ITF and Indian federation have lowered their stature,” added Saifullah.
According to Davis Cup Rules and Regulations, rule 30.2.5 states a nation may lose its choice at any time if the Davis Cup Committee considers it is not possible or practicable for the opposing nation to reach or play at the venue chosen for the tie, due to (for example) an incident such as war, political unrest, terrorism or natural disaster.
Further rule 30.2.7 states appeal shall not take the form of a de novo review but instead be limited to a consideration of whether the decision being appealed was erroneous. It means Pakistan’s chances to get the appeal reversed are slim.
Bhupathi denies allegation
Bhupathi insists he never made himself unavailable for the Pakistan tie. The AITA chose former Davis Cupper Rohit Rajpal as Bhupathi’s successor. “I don’t mind being fired. It can say it’s time for a new captain. But nobody can say that I refused national duty. I genuinely thought it’s unsafe to travel to Pakistan, which the ITF has validated. So, if it is going to penalise me and players for this, it’s not going to work,” said Bhupathi.