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Indo-Pak Davis Cup tie at Brabourne stadium

February 27, 2006 16:40 IST

All India Tennis Association on Monday confirmed that the April 7-9 Davis Cup match against Paksitan would be held at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne stadium, in Mumbai.

"We have decided to hold it at CCI. We will be writing to the International Tennis Federation today," AITA secretary-general Anil Khanna said.

The decision was made after an AITA panel, including Khanna, visited the stadium during the weekend and assessed the suitability of the venue.

Captain Leander Paes had checked out the facilities and conveyed his 'no objection' to the AITA a few days ago.

Khanna said an AITA team would soon start the groundwork for marking and laying of the courts at the historic cricket ground.

The match courts are to be laid at the northern end of the ground, with the club's premises to be used as gallery on one side and temporary seating arrangements erected on the other three sides.

Practice courts will be laid beyond the seating area on either side of the match courts.

India and Pakistan will be meeting only for the sixth time in Davis Cup history and for the first time since 1973, when they last played at a neutral venue, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

The match is a first round relegation play-off in the Asia-Oceania Group 1. India lost the first round promotional tie to Korea while Pakistan went down to Chinese Taipei.

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