Is Sania Mirza Marrying Shoaib Malik?
Today when I came back home the first news cum rumor I got from Twitter was that Sania Mirza was tying a knot with Shoaib Malik in April . Wow! That was one heck of a news. I mean can you really believe it? Yes, we have had weird matches in the past like Mohsin Khan (the ex Pakistani test cricketer) married an Indian movie star Reena Roy and not just that Mohsin did act (horribly) in a few Indian movies too.
Then Shoaib Malik apparently met an Indian girl named Ayesha Siddiqui online. Some suggested they had met in Dubai and the whole drama of Shoaib’s engagement with Ayesha kicked off. The Ayesha’s family threw a huge party for the whole cricket team when they were visiting India in 2005. Later on, the engagement was called off. Ayesha’s family claimed, they were married and that party for the cricket team was actually a ‘walima’. Shoaib claimed that he was shown a photo of another girl online while the girl he met was someone else and the family wasn’t honest about the whole thing.
In 2006, during an interview when the host of MatchBox (Geo News) asked Shoaib about his Indian engagement. He laughed sheepishly and brushed off the entire episode as a rumor. He said he wanted to marry that girl but his family never approved of it. So that’s how the entire thing ended.
Now in 2010, Shoaib’s name has been linked with the Indian Tennis sensation Sania Mirza. She was earlier engaged to a childhood friend Sohrab Mirza but their engagement was mutually called off due to incompatibility. Before that she was linked with an actor Shahid Kapoor for a brief time. Shahid called her his good friend.
I tried to search for the authenticity of the news online. I came across this link on Sify which basically quoted Pakistani news media. And one by Deccan Herald which again mostly quoted Pakistani news channel report.
This news was broken by Jang group and Geo News. The News website carried this news:
LAHORE: Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza are going to tie the knot in April, Sania’s father Imran Mirza confirmed to media.
As per reports, the two sports stars have been in an affair for the last six months, which had led to Sania’s earlier engagement to break.
Sources said that the mother of Shoaib Malik went to Indian city of Hyderabad Deccan where she met with the family of Sania Mirza and finalized Shoaib and Sania’s marriage.
This may be recalled that earlier engagements of both Malik and Mirza had come to an end.
Malik was engaged with Ayesha Siddiqui also from Hyderabad Deccan on June 3, 2002 while Sania on the other side was engaged with childhood friend Sohrab Khan which ended in January 2010.
The wedding ceremony of Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza will take place in India while the valima reception will be hosted by Malik on April 16 or 17 in Lahore.
“I desire to get married soon. You will soon get some good news but it depends on my family. I fully expect to get married this year,” Shoaib had said in a recent interaction with the media.
Asked if it would be an arranged marriage, he said, “No can say what will happen, but it will take place with the concurrence of my family.”
I don’t know if that’s a true news so until Imran Mirza comes out and confirms this on the national television I would take it as a rumor. I don’t doubt their love affair but are six months enough to take such a big decision! The media on the other hand has already gone berserk with speculations like:
Reliable sources told Dawn that Malik’s involvement with Sania had a hand in the break up of her first engagement. In a recent interview, Malik had said: “I desire to get married soon. You will soon get some good news but it depends on my family. I expect to get married this year.”
I have no idea how much personally gratifying this step would be for Sania but it can dent her career and popularity (back home) a little bit.