Aisam-ul-Haq to boycott Davis Cup tie against India


Pakistan’s tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq has announced to withdraw from the Davis Cup tie against India at a neutral venue.

In a video message, Aisam said that Pakistan is a safe place to play any sport and if not their country then he will not contest in the competition.

“I will record my protest by not participating in this event at a neutral venue. There must not be any fear of playing in Pakistan. Our country has recently hosted several international events successfully,” he said.

Aisam has informed the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) about his decision.

“Politics should be separated from sports. A lot of Indians are coming to Pakistan through Kartarpur Corridor. British Royal Couple has visited Pakistan recently. Then what’s the problem that a Tennis match can’t take place here?” Aisam raised a question.

On the other hand, Aqeel Khan, the other contestant from Pakistan, announced to not take part in the Davis Cup tie against India at a neutral venue.

“We will not play against India at a neutral venue. Pakistan is a safe place and all international sports events can take place here,” Khan said while adding that it is their individual decision to boycott this event.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan was to meet India from November 29-30 in Islamabad. Later, on November 5, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced to shift the event at a neutral venue due to security reasons.