Pakistan tennis ace and the star Davis Cupper Aisamul Haq will be lodging an official complaint with the ITF against the unjust and biased decision of referee who was officiating the Pakistan and New Zealand Davis Cup tie at a neutral venue of Myanmar. Addressing a press conference at Model Town K-21 Club, Aisam and other members of the Pakistan’s Davis Cup team lamented the attitude of one of the referees.
“We were the host of the tie against New Zealand but for the last decade or so, we have not been able to host the Davis Cup tie at home because of security concerns despite assurances of top level security. And this year for the first time, Pakistan was allowed to select a neutral venue where New Zealand team was provided international standard facilities.” “The ITF tried to help us by allowing us hosting right at a neutral venue. We respect them for what they do worldwide. However, one of their referees made a shocking decision that reeks of incompetence, prejudice, bias and discrimination.”
Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) had already announced it was lodging a protest with the International Tennis Federation (ITF), but Aisam said he would meet Davis Cup officials in London to present the team's case. "I am leaving for London and will meet Davis Cup officials on Friday to put Pakistan's case before them and I am positive of a solution as the tie was unfairly awarded against us.”Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan’s non-playing captain M Khalid said: “New Zealand team has been making undue complaints on many accounts since their arrival in Myanmar.
They had issues with Myanmar as a country. They were unhappy with official hotel, the venue and the grass courts,” he said. “Even the referee who forfeited the tie in favour of New Zealand asked me to ask the New Zealand team to play on hard court. But I replied you can ask them as an official of the ITF,” he said.“But now we would like all Pakistan to know that if someone wants to insult us or discriminate against us, then we will not retaliate with derogatory comments or actions. We hope that the ITF will see that this decision on behalf of the referee was unjust and unfair and rectify this colossal blunder,” he concluded.