Shoaib Malik admits to marriage, divorces first wife

Pakistan cricketer gives divorce to first wife ahead of his wedding to India's Sania Mirza.
Shoaib Malik admits to marriage, divorces first wife
LOVE MATCH: Last month, Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik announced that they planned to marry in April and settle in Dubai.(Getty Images)
By Neeraj Gangal & Reuters
Wed 07 Apr 2010 02:48 PM

Just days after denying that he even knew her, former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik divorced his first wife Ayesha Siddiqui from Hyderabad, India under a compromise ahead of his marriage to Indian tennis player Sania Mirza.

The 28-year-old Malik is currently in Mirza’s hometown, Hyderabad and on Monday, the police seized his passport and questioned him in connection with allegations that he already had a wife.

This was in response with a woman called Ayesha Siddiqui filing a police case against Malik claiming the two married in 2002 and had demanded a divorce.

The Times of India daily reported on Wednesday that under the divorce compromise: "Shoaib will pay Rs 15,000 as maintenance to Ayesha at the rate of Rs 5000 per month for three months as per Sharia (Islamic law), Shafi, Sania's uncle, announced at a joint press conference at the residence of Ayesha Siddiqui."

Shafi said that all the police cases against Shoaib will be withdrawn and they have already filed an application with the police in this regard, it added.

But Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik may have already married Indian tennis star Sania Mirza in Dubai, if speculations within the Indian and Pakistani media are to be believed.

According to a report in the Times of India on Wednesday, “it has been assumed that the Taj Krishna hotel has been booked not for the Nikah (wedding), but for a reception, scheduled to take place on April 15.”

A person close to the Mirza family told the Indian daily: ‘‘It is impractical to assume that the Mirzas and the Maliks did not expect trouble after making this announcement of an Indo-Pak marriage that too with a Pakistani national who had a Hyderabad connection. It is very likely that they possibly got married before going public with their wedding announcement.’’

Malik has been fighting a 12-month ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board for poor performance and indiscipline.

The 23-year-old Mirza was the first Indian to win a WTA tour event in 2005 and reached her highest world ranking of 27 two years ago although she has since slipped to 92nd.

Last month, the two of South Asia's best known sports personalities announced that they planned to marry in April and settle in Dubai.

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