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Indian tennis's Mirza to wed Pakistani cricketer Malik


Tennis star's love match causes stir

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, the family of India's most successful woman tennis player confirmed.

Mirza's father said Malik, the former cricket captain of Pakistan, and his daughter would move to Dubai after the marriage, expected next month.

He added that she planned to continue playing tennis once she had recovered fully from a wrist injury.

Reports say the wedding celebrations will be held in both countries.

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza is ranked 92 in world women's tennis

Receptions are expected in the Indian city of Hyderabad, where Mirza lives, and the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Broken engagement

Mirza, 23, said she hoped to be fully fit to represent India in the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.

In a career often hit by injuries, Mirza touched a high of 34 in world rankings and is currently placed at 92.

Malik, 28, is among seven leading Pakistani players who are serving a one-year ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board on various charges during a recent tour of Australia.

Pakistan lost all three Tests, five ODIs and the only Twenty20 match on the tour which ended in February.

Shoaib Malik
Malik is serving a ban on playing cricket for Pakistan

Earlier this month, the Pakistan Cricket Board gave permission to Malik to play in a domestic Twenty20 league in Bangladesh.

Mirza was officially betrothed to a family friend, Sohrab Mirza, last July in a lavish ceremony but broke off the engagement in January, saying that they had "found ourselves incompatible".

Just before that betrothal, two men allegedly tried to barge into Mirza's home, demanding that she marry them.

Both allegedly claimed to be smitten by her beauty and said they had fallen in love with her.

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