Skip to main content

Woman claims Mirza's betrothed cricket star Malik is her husband

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN
Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik will be married in April and plan to live together in Dubai.
Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik will be married in April and plan to live together in Dubai.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik subject of harassment complaint ahead of wedding
  • Malik is set to marry Indian tennis player and fellow Muslim Sania Mirza on April 15
  • He is accused of harassment, cheating and criminal intimidation by another woman
  • Ayesha Siddiqui, who is Indian, claims Malik married her via telephone eight years ago

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, set to marry Indian tennis player Sania Mirza next week, is facing an investigation in his fiancee's home country over allegations he harassed a woman who has claimed to be his wife, police said Monday.

Malik is currently in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad for his wedding to Mirza. Police commissioner A.K. Khan told CNN that officials have launched a probe into a complaint filed on behalf of Ayesha Siddiqui, who is Indian.

Siddiqui has accused Malik of "harassment, cheating and criminal intimidation," Khan said. Immigration authorities will be alerted to the investigation, as Malik is a foreigner, he said. Officials have taken a statement from the former Pakistan captain, police said.

Siddiqui claims Malik married her by telephone eight years ago and is seeking a divorce. Malik maintains he was deceived and the marriage is invalid, saying the agreement was based on a series of photos sent to him -- photos he claims were not of Siddiqui.

Video: Bringing cricket into the modern age

Malik and Mirza, in a joint news conference Monday in Hyderabad, said their April 15 wedding will be held as scheduled. Malik vowed to cooperate fully with Indian investigators and said he would stay in India until the probe is complete.

Asked if she was unnerved by controversy surrounding her wedding, Mirza said, "Of course I am upset. But we are happy that we are together." She asked the media to exercise restraint in reporting the situation.

Last week, the 23-year-old Mirza used her Twitter page to thank well-wishers following the announcement of her marriage to Malik, 28.

Of course I am upset. But we are happy that we are together
--Sania Mirza
RELATED TOPICS
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Sania Mirza
  • Shoaib Malik
  • Tennis

"Hi Guys! Me & Shoaib are very happy in this new phase of our life.Want to thank the media & all you guys for the wishes. Lots of love to all," she greeted her 13,205 followers in her message.

Mirza divides opinion in India, drawing criticism from strict Muslim groups for her short tennis skirts and jewellery, while gaining praise and fans for her achievements on the court.

She became the first Indian to win a WTA Tour title in 2005, reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open later that year and won the Australian Open mixed doubles in 2009.

The announcement of the marriage between the two Muslims came two months after Mirza broke off her engagement to a childhood friend, saying in a statement: "I have been in the constant glare for too long and would appreciate the privacy at this very personal moment in my life."

Malik is currently serving a year-long ban from the Pakistan Cricket Board due to indiscipline on a tour of Australia.

He caused controversy in 2007 when, after losing to India in the World Twenty20 final, he thanked Muslims from "all over the world" for their support.