7 Apr 2013

Pakistan to protest losing Davis Cup tie to NZ

9:00 am on 7 April 2013

Pakistan says it will protest to tennis authorities over a referee's decision to award a Davis Cup tie to New Zealand because of an unplayable court surface at a neutral venue.

The Asia Oceania group II tie was played in Yangon, Myanmar after the International Tennis Federation declared the security situation in Pakistan was not conducive to host the second-round matches.

Pakistan were leading 1-0 after Aqeel Khan defeated New Zealand's Artem Sitak 7-5 3-6 6-2 7-5 and Pakistan's Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi was leading in the second singles when Sri Lankan referee Ashita Ajigala stopped the match.

The referee declared the tie abandoned and awarded it to New Zealand as the courts were Pakistan's responsibility, a decision Pakistan Tennis Federation president Kaleem Imam says was unjust.

Pakistan has been forced to play their home ties on neutral venues since 2010 after all international sports were suspended in the country following a terrorists attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March 2009.