Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali is all set to marry Indian girl, Shamia Arzoo in Dubai. Shamia belongs to Mewat district of Haryana. As per reports, the couple will get hitched on August 20 in Dubai at the Atlantis Palm Hotel.
“Our families wanted to keep this a low key affair but since the matter has come out in the media I have decided to make an official announcement to ensure there are no speculations surrounding my marriage,” Hasan said at a press conference in his hometown, Gujranwala.
“Our nikah will be solemnised on 20th August while the Rukhsati will take place three months later and we plan to stay in Gujranwala after marriage.”
“I will be wearing a black and red sherwani suit while she will be dressed in Indian style,” he added.
Hasan had met Shamia a year ago in Dubai, and they came close ever since.
“I was the one who first expressed my love for her and proposed to her and then our families took over,” he said with a smile.
Meanwhile, Hasan Ali will not be the first Pakistan player to exchange wedding vows with an Indian girl.
Pakistan veteran batsman Shoaib Malik married Indian tennis star, Sania Mirza. Moreover, former Pakistan cricketers, Zaheer Abbas and Mohsin Hasan Khan too have Indian life partners.
Shamia secured a B.Tech (Aeronautical) degree from Manav Rachna University. A former employee of Jet Airways, she is presently working as a flight engineer in Emirates Airlines.
She is currently based in Dubai, while her family lives in New Delhi.
On the other hand, Hasan Ali was a major reason for Pakistan’s success in the Champions Trophy in 2017. He had scalped 13 wickets in five matches that helped Pakistan clinch the title.
However, his performance in the recently concluded World Cup was way below average. He was initially a part of the playing XI, but was dropped midway due to his poor performances. The fast bowler managed only two wickets in the four matches of the showpiece event. He bowled at an average of 128 and conceded runs at an economy rate of 7.76.
Pakistan eventually failed to qualify for the knockout stages as they languished at the fifth position in the points table.
Hasan Ali also said that he really wants the Indian Cricket Team to be a part of his wedding.
“I will invite the Indian cricket team and players to come to my marriage ceremony, after all, we are all cricket mates,” Hasan told ‘Urdu Express,’ a local newspaper.
“I would love it if some Indian players come to the ceremony in Dubai, it would be lovely. The contest is on the field and not off it. In the end, we are all professional cricketers and must share happiness,” he added.