Pakistan players over-reacted: Coach Zeeshan Ali

New Delhi: Top Pakistan players Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan "overreacted" by pulling out of the Davis Cup tie against India, said India coach Zeeshan Ali on Friday and questioned why they did not boycott their earlier matches at neutral venues.

After much suspense over the venue for the Asia/Oceania tie, the ITF finally moved the matches out of Islamabad on November 4. The decision did not go down well with the top Pakistan players and they decided not to compete in Nur-Sultan against India.

The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) was left with no option but to pick its junior players, offering the tie to India on a platter.

"I feel Aisam and Aqeel just overreacted by deciding not to play this tie. They did not need to do it. It's the ITF which moved the tie out of Islamabad, though we had our reasons to request ITF the same," Zeeshan told PTI after a practice session here.

"You can not have a tie when the players are packed in a bus and escorted by some 40 armoured vehicles. Is that a suitable environment for sport?" he asked referring to the security arrangements made by Pakistan for the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team recently.

Since 2017, Pakistan hosted four Davis Cup teams and Hong Kong was the only team which decided against travelling to Islamabad.

"What about previous ties? Why the teams were not travelling there. We would also have gone and played but ITF also felt that it was a good decision to move the tie of Pakistan.

And why Aisam and Aqeel did not boycott when their other ties were moved out of their country? Why this particular tie?" Zeeshan asked.

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