ISLAMABAD - Malaysian Airport authorities deported Pakistan tennis player Muddasir Murtaza who was due to play in Junior Davis Cup tie for Pakistan.
Talking exclusively to this scribe, Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) president Syed Kaleem Imam confirmed the incident and said: “We are very disappointed that despite showing all the legal documents and visa, airport authorities never listen to the youngster and deported him.”
Kaleem said 15-year-old Mudassir left for Malaysia through Thai Airways on March 20 from Islamabad to join Pakistan junior team as two of Pakistan players had already reached to participate in World U-14 pre-qualifying event as well as Junior Davis Cup.
On reaching Kaula Lumpur, despite having visa, tournaments document and invitation letter, immigration officials paid no heed and deported Mudassir by next flight to Bangkok. The boy was left in a deep shock and pleaded that he had connecting flight to Kuching, but he was given a rough treatment and Malaysian immigration gave no second thought. The national player was sent back as the Pakistan Davis Cup was depending heavily on the shoulders of Mudassir who can guide Pakistan to the podium, but now the PTF has to make other arrangements.
Mudassir was dejected and hurt, saying he might never go to that country again. “I went for love of game and heard Malaysians are very caring and loving nation but I am hurt as I won't be playing for my national side for coming Junior Davis Cup tie which starts on Sunday and continue till March 29.”
The PTF chief said: “We will soon lodge a very strong protest with Malaysian Tennis Association (MTA) and to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as well as they have denied us a fair chance to compete. Such incident never occurred but this happened despite the fact that the MTA was intimated of boy itinerary well before time.”
Meanwhile, the PTF has held back Abdal Hyder to replace Mudassir in Kuching as it has no other option. Nofil and Muzaamil are the other two players.
“The PTF will take up this matter with all concerned and it is hoped that Malaysian embassy will also play a role to redress the issue to avert future happenings,” Kaleem concluded.