India's top women's tennis player, Sania Mirza is to be married to Shoaib Malik, the former cricket captain of Pakistan. Engagement news was confirmed by Imran Mirza, father of Sania. The news was first aired on a Pakistani TV channel.
Sania Mirza became the first Indian woman to break the top 40 in the international tennis rankings, ranked no. 27 all over world in August 2007. She is a two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion. Sania Mirza, the tennis player broke her earlier engagement with childhood sweetheart Mohammed Sohrab in January this year.
Malik played total 29 test matches for Pakistan and scored 1,517 runs at an average of 36.11. Also, he scored 5,141 runs at an average of 34.50 in 190 one-day internationals. With his off-spin bowling, he took 132 wickets. Malik was fined and banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board for one year for unspecified disciplinary reasons following heavy defeats in both test and limited-over series against Australia earlier this year.
The love birds had their first meeting in Australia where Sania was for the Hobart Open matches according to the Sources close to Sania Mirza’s family. Then, she met him in Dubai this february and they fell for each other. According to the channel, Shoaib's mother met Sania's parents in Hyderabad for wedding proposal and also to finalize the marriage. The proposal was accepted by the family of Sania and families of both are all set to engage soon. The formal nikaah ceremony would take place on April 10 or 11.
The couple will be settling down in Dubai where Shoaib is a resident. Sania will continue to play tennis and represent India, while Shoaib will continue to play cricket for Pakistan. Families of both have blessed alliance. Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik are planning a small, private ceremony in Hyderabad. "This is a unique case where the husband and wife will represent their respective countries in sport," said Mirza in Hyderabad.
Malik said that "I fully understand what it takes to be an international sports person and I will support Sania in her career as long as she wishes to play," Also, he added that “Representing India at the 2012 Olympics is very important for her, and I will be the proudest husband if she can win a medal for her country,"
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