This summer’s Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and New Zealand has been moved from the sub-continent on security grounds.
The second round Asia/Oceania clash was scheduled to be played in Pakistan in July but ongoing security concerns have led the International Tennis Federation to move the encounter to New Zealand.
The move comes after Tennis New Zealand last week approached the ITF to request the tie be switched to New Zealand soil or a neutral venue.
The Pakistan tennis authorities were adamant the match could be staged in safety but the ITF have nevertheless overturned the hosting schedule.
A letter from the ITF to the Pakistan and New Zealand associations, published on www.tennisnz.com, read: “Due to the existing security concerns that continue to surround the hosting of sporting events in Pakistan, the Davis Cup Committee met last week to review the situation, deciding on this occasion to reverse the choice of ground for this tie, resulting in New Zealand now having choice of ground.”
Tennis New Zealand revealed they will announce their chosen venue for the tie by April.