Shoaib Malik, former Pakistan captain, and his wife ace Tennis Indian superstar Sania Mirza have always grabbed a lot of eyeballs ever since they got married but the couple has never let the turmoil between the two neighbours affect their relationship.
Shoaib and Sania tied the knot in a traditional Muslim ceremony on April 12, 2010. Post their wedding, the couple shifted to Dubai and in 2018, they were blessed with a baby boy.
Shoaib Malik, who has been granted special permission by the PCB to meet his family in India, recently opened up about his relationship with Sania Mirza, where he said that when you marry your loved one then it doesn’t matter which country they hail from.
“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,” Shoaib Malik told PakPassion.net
“If you love someone and get married to that person that should be all that matters, regardless of which country you come from,” he added.
“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.
World Cricket badly needs Indo-Pak rivalry to resume: Shoaib Malik
When asked about the Indo-Pak bilateral ties, Shoaib Malik said that the world ‘badly needs this rivalry to resume’ before going 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,” Shoaib Malik said.
“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.
The bilateral relations between India and Pakistan are at an all-time low. The last time the arch-rivals squared off in a bilateral rubber way back in 2012 when Pakistan toured India for a couple of T20Is and three 50-over games. Since then both sides have only met in ICC or multi-nation events.