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Pak to hire Indian tennis coach

In another sign of Pakistan's keenness to resume sporting ties with India, the country's tennis federation has got clearance to hire an Indian coach, Beerbul Wadera.

sports Updated: Apr 18, 2011 00:16 IST

In another sign of Pakistan's keenness to resume sporting ties with India, the country's tennis federation has got clearance to hire an Indian coach, Beerbul Wadera.

PTF president Syed Kaleem Imam today confirmed that the ministry of sports and interior ministry had given the NOC to the federation for hiring the Indian coach. "We have got the NOC and now we will be in touch with Wadera to work out details with him. We intend to have the coach hold camps across Pakistan for youngsters and top players," he said.

He also said the federation was in touch with the government regarding a proposal by top tennis star Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi to play against his doubles partner Rohan Bopanna at the Wagah border to send out a message of peace and harmony.

Qureshi has already written a letter to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani requesting him to help organise the ground-breaking peace match.

The PTF official also said that efforts were being made to invite foreign players to play in Pakistan and invitations had been sent out.