Shoaib Malik’s marriage with Sania Mirza in 2010 had raised a lot of eyeballs both in Pakistan and in India, but the two superstar athletes never let the differences between the two neighbouring countries affect their relationship.
Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza shifted to Dubai after their marriage and were blessed with a baby boy in 2018 whom they decided to name Izhaan Mirza-Malik.
Shoaib recently opened up about his marriage with Mirza, which took place on April 12, 2010, saying that he wasn’t nervous at all before marrying the Hyderabadi in a traditional Muslim ceremony.
“In a marriage, you don’t concern yourself with where your partner is from or what is going on between the countries or in politics. That is not our domain.
“If you love someone and get married to that person that should be all that matters, regardless of which country you come from,” Malik told pakpassion.net.
“On a wider point, I have many friends who are Indian and I don’t find anything strained because of the relationship between the two countries. I am a cricketer, not a politician,” Malik said.
On the issue of Indo-Pak bilateral cricketing ties, Malik said that the “world badly needs this rivalry to resume” and went on to compare it with the Ashes.
“I think the world badly needs this rivalry to resume, in the same way that world cricket needs the Ashes.
“Could England and Australia imagine Test cricket without an Ashes series? Both series are played with the same kind of passion and have such a great history, so it is a shame that we don’t play right now.
“Also, I have Pakistani friends who love to talk about Indian cricketers with respect and admiration. Similarly, I and my Pakistan team-mates are given such love and support when we play in India so it is a rivalry that I would like to see return as soon as it is possible,” Malik said.
Malik, 38, retired from Test cricket in 2015 and bowed out of the 50-over format last year after the World Cup in England. He has continued to play the shortest Twenty20 format for Pakistan.