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Pakistan launch second Davis Cup appeal

11:50 Wed May 8 2013

Pakistan tennis bosses are refusing to accept the outcome of last month's abandoned Davis Cup tie against New Zealand and will launch another appeal with the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

New Zealand won the abandoned tie in Yangon, Myanmar when the court surface was unplayable.

Pakistan had won the first singles match of the Asia-Oceania group two tie and were leading the second on a deteriorating grass court when play was called off by Sri Lankan match referee Ashita Ajigala.

He ruled Pakistan, as "hosts" were responsible for the condition of the neutral venue so forfeited the result.

The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) lost an appeal to the ITF's Davis Cup committee to overturn the ruling, but are now planning to take their case to the annual meeting of the ITF in Paris next month.

PTF president Kaleem Imam said information from officials who were at the tie was being redrafted to show the referee's decision was in violation of Davis Cup regulations.

Imam alleged New Zealand players "abused the court" in the leadup to the tie by practising in wet conditions.

In an interview with The News International, a prominent Pakistan English language newspaper, he also said Ajigala ignored the preparation advice of local groundsmen.

Imam said if it had become apparent the court was unplayable, Ajigala had the authority not to start the tie or use an alternative venue.

"His permission for the first match to proceed by any definition of law and logic amounted to his tacit approval that the surface was safe, playable and in accordance with the Davis Cup requirements," Imam said.

Imam said Ajigala also defied Davis Cup regulations by not allowing Pakistan's players to take a toilet break during both matches.