Three cricketers, three love stories


Wasim Akram and Shaniera Akram

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King of swing turned commentator Wasim Akram remarried Shaniera Thompson, who is from Australia, in 2013 after his first wife, Huma Akram, died due to kidney complications in 2009.

Akram is a father of three children. He has two sons, Taimur and Akbar, from his first wife Huma and one daughter, Aiyla, from Shaniera.

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Opening up about remarrying after the tragic loss of his first wife, “My mother admired her [Shaniera’s] beauty but was worried about how both of them would communicate. I told her ‘through signs’.

But here’s the catch: my mother doesn’t know English as such and Shaniera doesn’t know Punjabi so it’s a perfect relationship,” he laughed while giving an interview to a local TV channel.

He later added that they get on very well. Adjustment for children after the death of his first wife was difficult.

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“The first few months were very chaotic, I was still getting to know my children’s schedule, their friends, and Shaniera helped us a lot. She drops my son to his football practice and sees him perform as well,” he said in the same interview.

Shoaib Malik weds Sania Mirza

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Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza got married in 2010. Their cross border marriage has made them one of the most famous couples in India-Pakistan.

When two athletes fall in love, it makes for big news. Media organizations of both the countries had a field trip when the couple got married. A wedding in Hyderabad (India), a reception in Lahore (Pakistan), a home in Dubai, who can beat that.

Shoaib Malik made a comeback in International cricket in 2015. After he was dropped on the last tour to England in 2010, he played his first Test match after five years and scored a double century against England in October 2015 and credited it to his wife who is now, down the lane, the world’s No 1 doubles tennis player, the current Wimbledon and US Open champion with her partner Martina Hingis.

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Tournament wins at Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Beijing have rocketed Mirza to top of the world rankings.

“She was on the phone when I scored my two hundred and was very happy,” Malik told Telegraph Sport.

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“When I was out of the team I used to travel with her to tennis events because I had lot of free time and she used to say the same thing ‘keep working hard and when you get the opportunity take it.’ She encouraged me to keep playing and to still think I had plenty of cricket left in me. That is what I did. When you are look at her and how well she is doing you get inspired and you want to do well as well as her.”

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The couple met in Australia while Malik was on a cricket tour and she was playing a tournament. “Before we started dating she used to love cricket. Even today she loves cricket.” Malik said to The Telegraph.

Imran Khan and Jemima Goldsmith

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Former cricket legend turned politician Imran Khan married Jemima Goldsmith, who is the heiress and a close friend of late Princess Diana, in 1995 which is three years after Pakistan won World Cup in 1992 captained by Imran Khan.

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The two met at a club in London, and Jemima who was then reading about Islam, was drawn to the dashing  cricketer. They got married at a small ceremony in Paris, and during their wedding dinner attended by London’s elite she asked everyone for funds for the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital.

Unfortunately, the fairy tale came to a tragic end as the couple parted ways after nine years. They have two sons, Sulaiman and Kasim, together. Speaking for the first time about his nine-year marriage to Daily Mail, he said the six months leading to the divorce and the six months after was the ‘hardest year of my life.’

He admitted not seeing their two sons then aged eight and five – caused him deep anguish.

In his biographic book on his rise to political power, Khan writes how politics and family life failed to mix after he married Miss Goldsmith when he was 43 and she was 21.

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‘I loved fatherhood more than anything I had ever experienced in life…now not having them around was the hardest thing to come to terms with.

‘For the first time I began to understand how people could lose the will to live. The children’s obvious distress exacerbated the misery. Seeing Sulaiman’s pain doubled my pain. I missed them terribly. Nothing filled the void.’

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