"you don’t concern yourself with where your partner is from"
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza have been married since 2008 but the cricketer has now opened up on his marriage to the tennis player.
They had a grand ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad.
Despite being one of the most famous sporting couples, they don’t get much time to spend with each other as Sania lives in Hyderabad while Shoaib mostly stays in Sialkot.
In an interview, Shoaib revealed that he was not nervous about tying the knot with Sania despite the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan.
He said nationality does not matter, only love does when getting married.
Shoaib said: “No, not at all. 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.
“If you love someone and get married to that person that should be all that matters, regardless of which country you come from.
“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.”
Shoaib and Sania became parents to a baby boy in 2018. This saw the tennis star go on a maternity break.
She ended up making a successful comeback in January 2020 when she won the WTA Hobart International doubles title.
Shoaib retired from Test matches and One-Day Internationals but he is eyeing a spot in the squad for the T20 World Cup.
Shoaib Malik will be reunited with his family as he has not seen them since the lockdown was implemented.
He has been given permission to miss the first four weeks of Pakistan’s training in England.
Wasim Khan, PCB’s CEO, said: “Unlike the rest of us, Shoaib Malik has not seen his immediate family for nearly five months due to his commitments and the subsequent international travel bans following the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As travel restrictions are now slowly easing out and there is an opportunity for a family reunion, it is appropriate that at a human level we show compassion as part of our duty of care and respect Shoaib’s request.”
The Pakistan cricket team and their support staff are set to leave for the United Kingdom on June 28, 2020. Upon their arrival, they will quarantine for two weeks in Derbyshire.