Kolkata: Nur-Sultan, the capital metropolis of Kazakhstan, has been chosen to host India-Pakistan’s Davis Cup tie to be performed on November 29-30.
“The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has sent us a mail. Pakistan’s appeal has been rejected. It will take place in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on November 29-30,” Hironmoy Chatterjee, All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) secretary, instructed IANS on Tuesday.
The tie was initially scheduled to happen in Islamabad, however because of political tensions between the 2 international locations, the AITA had requested the ITF to shift it to a impartial venue.
The transfer irked Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) who appealed to ITF saying to not change the venue. However, their plea was not heard and the venue was shifted.
The tie will happen on indoor laborious courts, which coach Zeeshan Ali stated will work to India’s benefit. However Ali identified that sub-zero temperatures might be an issue, even indoors.
“It’s (November) 17 there, as we speak so it will be a challenge even if we are playing indoors. But on hard courts, we have the advantage,” Ali instructed IANS over the telephone.
“Our players have done well in the last two weeks and I am hopeful of a good show. As a coach, I am happy with what we got. We will be missing out on Prajnesh (Gunneswaran) and Divij (Sharan) and of course Rohan (Bopanna) pulled out due to injury, but we have got backups and they are in good form,” stated the coach.
Squad: Sumit Nagal, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sasi Kumar Mukund, Saketh Myneni, Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Siddharth Rawat.
Captain: Rohit Rajpal, Coach: Zeeshan Ali, Physio: Anand Kumar, Workforce Supervisor: Sunder Iyer.