Pakistan Davis Cup squad off for Turkey

Karachi: Pakistan Davis Cup squad left for Turkey early Thursday morning from Islamabad.

Playing members Aqeel Khan and Mohammad Abid Ali Akbar are accompanied by the non-playing Captain, Hameed ul Haq.

The other two team members, Aisamul Haq Qureshi and Samir Iftikhar, will travel from the USA and expected to join the team in Istanbul on September 11.

Pakistan will play the final of the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Zone Group 2 against Chinese Taipei at the neutral venue of Izmir, Turkey, from September 18 to 20 on synthetic hard courts.

Shahzad Akhtar Alvi, an ITF White Badge Chair Umpire, also left on the same flight to officiate in the tie.

Iftikhar Rashid, SEVP Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) and Team Manager, will join the contingent in Izmir before the draws.

Pakistan team will spend three days in Istanbul to play practice matches against Turkey’s top players, and will then proceed to Izmir on September 13. In Izmir, the team will practice ahead of the tie to acclimatize.

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