Tennis ace claims he took decision in mild of New Zealand’s ‘unsporting’ behaviour in 2013
Aisam had anticipated New Zealand to comply with play the relegation tie in Pakistan to make up for his or her 2013 actions and was dissatisfied when that didn’t occur. PHOTO: FILE
KARACHI: Tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi, yesterday, withdrew from Pakistan’s essential Davis Cup Asian-Oceania Zone’s Group I tie towards New Zealand, leaving captain Aqeel Khan in a repair over the nation’s probabilities of profitable the match.
Pakistan are scheduled to play their residence tie from September sixteen to 18 in Christchurch, New Zealand because the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) as soon as once more deemed Pakistan unsafe for the matches.
Aisam’s choice got here as a shock to the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) and his teammates however Aqeel feels his lengthy-time doubles associate’s choice is justified.
Aisam ‘to take a stand’, withdraws from Davis Cup tie against NZ
“Aisam isn’t enjoying due to New Zealand’s lack of sportsmanship, principally,” Aqeel advised The Categorical Tribune. “We had a horrible expertise with them in 2013. Any world-class participant would really feel cautious of enjoying with opponents like New Zealand, who had deserted the tie as a result of they have been dropping and making excuses about poor circumstances of the courtroom.”
US Open’s 2012 doubles finalist Aisam had famous in his letter to the PTF that his choice to withdraw was based mostly on New Zealand gamers’ insistence to desert the 2013 Group II tie in Myanmar — which was being hosted by Pakistan. The tie was then awarded to the guests regardless of Pakistan’s constant attraction to proceed the sport.
Aisam through to US Open doubles quarter-finals
For Pakistan, Aisam’s absence means a serious setback as they’ll solely have three common gamers competing as an alternative of 4.
Apart from Aqeel, the opposite two gamers within the squad are Samir Iftikhar and Abid Ali Akbar, whereas the PTF might nominate Babar Ali Khan because the fourth participant.
PTF Secretary Khalid Rehman stated that Pakistan was unable to carry the tie at a impartial venue, this time as a result of lack of funds.
Revealed in The Categorical Tribune, September 7th, 2016.
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