first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service KolkataFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 19:05 IST India were beaten 3-1 by Italy in last week’s World Group Qualifier (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s Davis Cup match against Pakistan which will be held in September this yearNo Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964Indian government has put a blanket ban on sports teams travelling to PakistanA day after the Indian Davis Cup team were drawn to play Pakistan in an away tie, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) expressed confidence that it will be able to send the contingent to the neighbouring country despite the Indian government’s policy of not allowing sports teams to travel there. The tie is scheduled for September.”I am confident we will be cleared to go to Pakistan. We have been drawn to play them in their den. If we can’t go, we will be banned for two years,” AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee told IANS over phone.The winner will move to the World Group Qualifiers.Chatterjee’s confidence stems from the fact that Pakistan were allowed to take part in the Hockey World Cup here recently. “Pakistan were in Bhubaneswar (Hockey World Cup) and likewise we will travel to their country,” he said.When pointed out that the government has not allowed the Indian cricket team to travel to Pakistan for any bilateral series, Chatterjee said: “Cricket is not an Olympic sport. Tennis is an Olympic sport and this is the World Cup of tennis. The ITF (International Tennis Federation) decides the venue and we have been drawn to play in Pakistan, and we will go.”No Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964. In that tie in Lahore, India had prevailed over their rivals 4-0.”It will be difficult for us then (if India is banned) to get back to the World Group. We share a good relation with the Pakistan Tennis Federation and have no problems in travelling,” he said, rubbishing reports that the tie might be held on a neutral venue.advertisementThe draw for the tie took place in London.In the last week’s World Group Qualifier, India were beaten 3-1 by Italy at the Calcutta South Club here.Chatterjee further said Pakistan will decide the venue and the surface by June 25 and send the nomination to India, after which the AITA will arrange for visas for players and coaching staff.This is an away tie for India since the last time the two nations had met in Mumbai. India had then won the tie 3-2. Before that, India and Pakistan played at a neutral venue in Malaysia in 1973.Current non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi was part of the team, which also had Leander Paes, Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna who is still part of India’s plans. Bopana with doubles partner Divij Sharan won the only rubber against Italy.”It’s a good draw for us. We would like to believe we are the stronger side. Prajnesh is doing well in the ATP challengers and Yuki (Bhambri) is recovering from injury. Ramkumar Ramanathan is expected to continue his surge. We will have three players inside top 150, which has not happened in the Indian tennis for a long time,” India coach Zeeshan Ali told IANS.Ali did not comment on the team’s Pakistan travel plan, saying they have no problem in playing anywhere and on any surface as long as they get the green signal.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Indian tennis teamFollow Davis CupFollow India vs PakistanFollow Indian Davis Cup team AITA confident Indian team will be cleared to visit Pakistan for Davis Cup tieNo Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964. In that tie in Lahore, India had prevailed over their rivals 4-0.advertisementlast_img read more

Senanayake told the PSC that soon after the Easter Sunday attacks the Police and military managed to contain the situation and dismantle the terror network. He said that the intelligence service had been strengthened following the incident and this helped contain the situation. Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake says the threat from terrorism cannot be completely ruled out.He told the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the Easter Sunday attacks today that while the immediate threat in Sri Lanka has been contained “lone wolf” attacks were still possible. Most parts of the session when he was questioned by the PSC was closed for the media as he felt some information is sensitive to national security. (Colombo Gazette)

She said: “It’s only the 12th specimen of this species from the UK since our first specimen in 1879.”The last one we had was in 1999 so it represents a very important addition to our UK mammals collections.”The Wildlife Trust estimates there are only about 5,000 barbastelle bats left in the UK and the species is classified as “near threatened”.They live a variety of habitats and are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.The species’ seven known breeding sites are designated as a Special Areas of Conservation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One of Britain’s rarest bats which was discovered in a coat sleeve at a clothes shop is to added the collection at the Natural History Museum. The barbastelle bat was discovered by stunned workers under a rack at Joules in Salisbury, Wilts. The animal was taken to a vet but passed away within hours.But it was then identified as the unfamiliar breed and taken to the Natural History Museum in London where it will be kept.Museum staff have since christened the mammal ‘Joules’.Naomi Young, who found the bat, told the BBC: “I’d just brought some coats down from the stock room and it was in with them.”It scared the living day lights out of me. I thought it was a kid’s toy, moving around. We thought it was just a normal bat.”We didn’t realise it was super rare until we had a call from a bat group saying it had been sent to the Natural History Museum.”The unusual shop visitor is thought to have been hiding in a coat sleeve before it was spotted crawling out from under a clothes rail last week.Steph West, from the museum, said the animal was a “valuable specimen” and “one of our rarest mammals”. read more