Pakistan's Qureshi criticizes the ITF for changing the Davis Cup tie against India to a neutral place

KARACHI: Pakistan tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has called International Tennis Federation 's ( ITF ) decision to change the Indo-Pak Davis cup link to a neutral place as shocking and shameful, saying that in doing so the world agency has discriminated against its country.

A really shocking, embarrassing, disgraceful, sad and unfair decision by @ ITF _Tennis to hold this @DavisCup tie on a neutral venue. Once again #Pakistan is getting penalized for someone else's actions. To me it's an absolute discrimination at every level, tweeted Qureshi, who had paired with India's Rohan Bopanna in the ATP circuit in the past.

In a big relief for India's national tennis federation (AITA), the ITF on Monday decided to shift the country's Davis cup tie against Pakistan from Islamabad to a neutral venue.

The contest from November 29 to 30 has already been rescheduled once, due to security concerns raised by India.

The tie was scheduled to be held in September, but it was delayed when India expressed concern about the safety of its players due to the diplomatic tensions prevailing between the two nations after the revocation of article 370.

According to Davis cup regulations, the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) now has the choice to nominate a neutral venue. It has five working days to confirm its proposed venue.