ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's lone international player Aisamul Haq Qureshi termed his sensational victory in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group-II final against Jui Chen Hung as team effort saying all players including Aqeel Khan deserve credit.

Talking to The Nation, Aisam said: “Aqeel Khan, Samir, Abid Ali Akbar and coach Hameedul Haq had definite impact on the outcome of the tie, which we eventually managed to win after a very tough and close fight. I must give credit to the courage and bold decision taken by Aqeel Khan, who had played tough back-to-back matches and was very tired, but like I had always stressed, we just play for the pride of Pakistan and nothing else. Before playing Davis Cup matches and that is the sheer love, respect and passion for the country, we never turned our back on Pakistan and where ever we go, always kept green and white flag way ahead over rest of things.

“I am very happy that despite Aqeel was stiff after playing such long matches, and when I asked him to play the first reverse singles, he, without thinking for a while, accepted with open heart and played once again a marathon match, which went right down to the wire. Unfortunately, he didn't pull off victory, but his courage and passion must be appreciated,” Pakistan tennis ace said.

When asked about playing singles was not his favorite area any more, then why he decided to play the do-or-die second reverse singles, Aisam replied: “Very simple, as first of all senior player must not allow junior to shoulder the precious situation and secondly, I was pretty confident that if anyone at that stage can pull off victory, is none other than me. When Aqeel was playing I was his captain and when I was playing Aqeel was captain and he helped me a lot.”

To a query regarding his critics’ statements, he replied: “I think my performances are more than enough to shut the critics’ mouths. I don't know why they always try to spread negativity. I always say I only play for the sheer passion of the country and always made myself available and preferred the country to my personal goals.”

“I congratulate the entire Pakistani nation that after 10 years or more wait, we once again helped Pakistan to play in the Group-I. We must look forward and it is my humble request to government and Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) to ensure Pakistan will play it's Davis Cup matches at home courts. We will host 6 out of 7 teams and I request home ties must be held in Pakistan so our people may watch us playing. We can stage some upsets, if we play at our home soil in front of our own people.

“Chinese Taipei was the top seed team and we have created upset victory. The conditions were very tough and were totally against our style of play even than we pulled off sensational victory. We had played all our matches outside the country, even then we managed to win sensational triumphs and helped the country to enter Group-I of Davis Cup , which is really historial,” Aisam concluded.

Sharing his views, Aqeel Khan said: “The 35-year-old boys once again managed to pull off victory for Pakistan. People have been long writing us off, but we showed and proved that there is still some tennis left in us. It was very tough tie for us, as courts were very slow and not suitable for me and Aisam, but we played at the top of our games and made history.”

“I will stay in Turkey and play ITF Features partnering with Abid Ali Akber as we get wild card in doubles, while Samir is also staying and playing in that event. Next week, we will get another doubles wild card and may be singles, we will also get wild card. For the time being, we can only play in doubles as we were given doubles wild card only, as singles qualifying round started when we were playing Davis Cup matches,” Aqeel concluded.