Shoaib Malik, 28, the former Pakistani cricket captain, and Sania Mirza, 23, the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam tournament, are getting married on April 15. Another Hyderabad based woman, Ayesha Siddiqui’s family has accused the cricketer of conducting a telephonic nikah with her and later abandoning her. Shoaib tells his story in an interview to The Times of India:
When did you meet Ayesha Siddiqui for the first time?
This relationship started on the telephone, in the year 2001. I was in Sharjah at that time, with the Pakistan cricket team. She telephoned me, introduced herself as Ayesha, and told me that she was a fan of mine, who lived in Saudi Arabia. That’s how we got talking.
When then did you meet Ayesha Siddiqui?
As we started talking more and more, Ayesha sent me some photographs, which she said were of herself. I haven’t met the girl in the photographs, not to this day.
Can you explain that?
When I returned to Pakistan after the Sharjah tournament, I showed my parents the photographs Ayesha had sent me. I told them that I liked this girl. We spoke every single day. I kept pushing her to meet me, but she resisted it. She said we’ll meet at our shaadi.
Who is the girl in the photographs?
I thought it was Ayesha Siddiqui, the girl I was talking to. But now I honestly don’t know. More:
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