Pakistan-India prickly draw

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"We are looking forward to winning" says Mahesh Bhupathi (left), India's Davis Cup captain (AFP Photo/Manjunath KIRAN)

LONDON– Pakistan were drawn at home to India on Wednesday in an Asian Davis Cup qualifying tie that could present political problems.

On the basis of the world rankings, India, seeded No.1 in the Asia Pacific draw, will be overwhelming favorites to win and advance to the World Group qualifying round.

The problem is that the Indian government froze all sporting ties between the countries after the deadly attacks on Mumbai in 2008 which were blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

“AITA does not have a choice,” the All India Tennis Association Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee told Indian news agency PTI.

“We have to follow the government policy. We will speak to the government to know. They have not allowed any sports team to travel to Pakistan.”

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