Last Update on: October 3rd, 2023 at 01:51 pm
Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali was a late addition to the national team squad for the ICC World Cup 2023. He replaced Naseem Shah after the latter was ruled out with an injury. Pakistan will play against India in Ahmedabad on October 14.
The inclusion of Hasan Ali will now allow a father and a daughter to meet each other after a long gap of four years. Liyakat Khan, a retired Block Development Officer from Haryana’s Nuh district, will meet his daughter Samiya and his grandchild for the first time in four years.
Liyakat’s daughter Samiya Arzoo married the Pakistan pacer in 2019 and then moved to Dubai After her wedding, she wasn’t able to make the trip across the border — till now. The India-Pakistan cricket match will now allow a father-daughter to bond over for the first time in four years.
“My wife went to Pakistan in 2021 when my daughter was expecting her first child. We will meet again, hopefully, in Ahmedabad. I can’t wait to hold my grandchild,” says Khan, 63, who lives in Chandeni village.
Hasan Ali’s Father In Law Recalls His Daughter’s Marriage
He also spoke about how his daughter ended up marrying the Pakistan pacer amid cross-border tension between the two countries.
“What is the point of education if I force my decisions on her? She is educated, and independent. Who cares what a few people say behind our backs? I told her it doesn’t matter who she is getting married to as long as she is happy. We have our extended families in Pakistan, who went there during Partition. Hasan is kind with a beautiful heart,” he says.
Sharing his love for Indian cricket he mentioned the name of former Indian cricketers who he watched playing. He further admitted his admiration for the star Indian batter.
Asked if he faces an internal conflict during India-Pakistan matches in which his son-in-law is playing, he says: “I have seen Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammed Azharuddin, but I am a Virat Kohli fan. Mujhe mohabbat hai Virat Kohli se (I am in love with Virat Kohli),” he says, bursting into laughter.
India and Pakistani play each other on October 14 in Ahmedabad. India have won seven previous World Cup games against Pakistan and looking to make it eight in a row.