Sania Mirza’s wedding to Islamic extremist Shoaib Malik
Posted by jagoindia on April 1, 2010
Outrage in India over Pak skipper’s Muslim remark
New Delhi, March 31, 2010
News channel Headlines Today claims to have found a video in which Shoaib admits to getting married and even accepts congratulations.
The video which was recorded on March 30, 2005 shows Shoaib admitting that he was married and playing in his wife’s city. He says so in public after a cricket match in Hyderabad.
The video has come as an embarrassment for Shoaib, who is marrying tennis star Sania Mirza in Hyderabad on April 15.
The video shot at the Hyderabad cricket stadium shows former Indian cricketer Arun Lal mentioning about Shoaib’s return to form, to which Shoaib replies: “I was a little disappointed, but I am fine now as I just scored 82 runs. This is my wife’s home, so I am so happy.”
Shoaib even accepts Lal’s congratulations on his marriage with a “thank you”, as reported by a website.
Undoubtedly, the “wife” Shoaib mentions in the video is not Sania but Ayesha.
“He was widely condemned when following the 2007 Twenty20 cricket world cup he claimed all Muslims in the world support Pakistan.”
Dean Nelson is the Telegraph Media Group’s South Asia editor. He has been based in New Delhi for four years. He is @DelhiDean on Twitter.
By Dean Nelson World March 31st, 2010
Sania Mirza plans to wed Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Is there a more rock and roll match in the Muslim world than the forthcoming marriage of saucy Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricket bad-boy Shoaib Malik? Ms Mirza was due to marry her childhood friend Sohrab Mirza until her family announced the engagement was off, citing their “incompatibility”.
She had been previously denounced by India’s conservative Mullahs for her short sports skirts and tight rising crop tops which reveal her taught abs when she swings a double-handed shot. In India she is more a busty sex symbol than a role model for pious muslim girls. Her new intended has sought to pitch himself as an Islamic sporting icon, but with little success. He was widely condemned when following the 2007 Twenty20 cricket world cup he claimed all Muslims in the world support Pakistan.
His call to the Muslim Ummah was always laughable. He still faces a legal action in Hyderabad for allegedly abandoning another Muslim girl he denies marrying in 2002, and has been seen dating a number of Bollywood beauties, including the Hindu former Miss India Sayali Bhagat.
Cynics have suggested the match may be a marriage of convenience for two national stars with flagging careers. Sania Mirza appears to be slipping from her 2007 career peak, while Malik is currently disgraced in Pakistan where he is serving a year’s ban from the national cricket team for sabotaging this year’s disastrous winter tour of Australia, where they failed to win a single match. Malik, a former national captain was singled out by the Pakistan Cricket board for undermining team support for his successor.
The newlyweds will make their home in Dubai, the traditional bolthole for wealthy Indian and Pakistani muslims. Whether the emirate can stand them remains to be seen. They have the potential to be the Muslim world’s Katie Price and Peter Andre.