Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:21
KARACHI: Pakistan said Wednesday it has received the green light to host its first Davis
Cup tennis tie at home for 12 years, after being forced to play at neutral
venues due to security fears.
International sporting events have been rarely held in the country which
has fought terrorism for years, with foreign teams citing
security fears ever since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore effectively
sealed Pakistan's fate, with no international cricket fixtures played in the
country for a further six years until Zimbabwe visited in 2015 for a
low-profile tour that failed to create a breakthrough.
Instead, Pakistan has been playing all major sports at neutral venues,
with cricket in United Arab Emirates and tennis in their opponent's countries.
But on Wednesday Pakistan Tennis Federation secretary Khalid Rehmani
said the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has given them the go-ahead to
host a Davis Cup tie against Iran in Islamabad in ...