11/28/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/28/2019 14:27
Teenage duo Muhammad Shoaib and Huzaifa Abdul Rehman will lead Pakistan into their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I showdown with India in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Friday.
The two 17-year-olds - with Shoaib player-captain for the tie - are joined by Yousaf Khalil, all three team-mates making their Davis Cup debut this weekend with a place in the 2020 Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers on the line.
Shoaib and Rehman have been tasked with playing both singles and doubles against a strong Indian squad featuring 46-year-old Leander Paes, in line for his 57th Davis Cup tie in the doubles alongside Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, as well as world No.131 Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan, the world No.176.
Shoaib will open the tie against Ramanathan on Friday, with Rehman taking on Nadal. The duo are slated to return on Saturday for the doubles, before Shoaib faces Nagal and Rehman takes on Ramanathan, though Saturday's matches are subject to change, with Saketh Myneni also named in the Indian squad.
The winners of the tie, to be held at the National Tennis Center in Nur-Sultan - formerly Astana - will advance to face 2018 Davis Cup champions Croatia in the Qualifiers. The losing side will take on Slovenia in the Davis Cup World Group I Play-offs. Both ties will be played March 6-7 2020.