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Report: India-Pakistan Davis Cup clash to have high-level security arrangements

Published at :January 20, 2024 at 8:14 PM
Modified at :January 30, 2024 at 7:40 PM
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(Courtesy : IANS)

Ajay Gandhar

Indian tennis team will travel to Pakistan after 60 years for a Davis Cup tie.

India are set to travel to Pakistan for the first time in 60 years to play a crucial Davis Cup tie, scheduled for February 3-4, 2024. However, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) raised fears of security concerns which was trashed by the ITF tribunal.

Now according to a Pakistan-based website The International News, a high-level meeting was convened by Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General Shoaib Khoso to finalize the preparations for hosting the tie in a dignified manner. The meeting was attended by all the relevant security agencies and officials from local police, traffic police, and the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF).

PTF Secretary Col Gul Rehman updated the attendees about the Indian team’s engagement in Islamabad, details about their practice sessions, and their travel plans.

The tentative schedule suggests that the India team will arrive in Islamabad on January 29 to participate in the tie slated to be held on the Sports Complex courts on February 4-5.

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“We discussed different issues about keeping top-notch security measures in place for the upcoming Indian team’s visit to Pakistan. Security plan was shared with all the concerned officials, who attended the meeting. We usually adopt fool-proof security measures for all foreign teams visiting here but some special/extra measures will be in order in the case of the India team,” the PSB DG, told The News International, Pakistan.

He added that all stakeholders have been assigned their responsibilities ahead of the crucial event. “Such a meeting was all the more important as all those involved were given their respective duties and responsibilities during the time the Indian team will stay in Islamabad for training and competition purposes,” the report quoted Shoaib as saying.

The PSB director also added that the tie will be held within the same complex premises that has already hosted several Davis Cup ties in the recent past.

“We have everything to provide the best environment for the Indian team’s stay and competition.” Meanwhile, special measures are underway to keep the grass at the venue in the best possible shape for the Davis Cup tie. “Special measures are required in the winter season to keep the grass in good condition. The extreme cold usually leaves the grass half-dead.

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