The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has refused to move their Davis Cup home tie with India to a neutral venue, telling the Indian team that they should travel to Pakistan.
India and Pakistan have drawn each other in the World Group I play-offs, set to take place in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. Tensions between the two countries are often high and have erupted into several wars and conflicts over the decades.
When India drew Pakistan in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie in 2019, the venue was moved to Kazakhstan due to security concerns. As a result, Pakistan's top players Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Kahn opted not to play in the tie as a sign of protest at the move.
This year, the PTF has refused to change the location. Kahn and Qureshi have both expressed their hopes that the Indian team will travel to Islamabad this time around. "I hope they come and give us a chance to host," Kahn said, while Qureshi added, "Hopefully this time it will be played in Pakistan."
Meanwhile, the PTF president Salim Saifullah Khan has echoed these sentiments, saying that they will host India on grass courts. He also praised the Indian team, saying it would send a good message to have them play in the country.