ISLAMABAD - International Tennis Federation (ITF) upheld its board's decision regarding Pakistan's hosting of Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group-II tie against New Zealand to be played on April 5.

An inside source has confirmed to this scribe that the ITF had conveyed their decision to Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) in this regard. In their reply, the ITF stated that due to current law and order situation, it is impossible to allow Pakistan to play this tie at their home grounds. But the source said that the PTF was quite hopeful that the ITF would allow them to play the tie at the neutral venue of Myanmar and the final decision in this regard would be made within a day or two.

It is unlikely the ITF gives go ahead to Myanmar because of a very technical and solid reason. According to the rules, the proposed venue must have three similar playing surfaces for the Davis Cup ties. But Myanmar has only two grass courts. So the PTF have to look to other options if they want to host the tie at neutral venue, otherwise Pakistan have to play New Zealand at their backyard.