06 May, 2021

Shoaib Malik

Sania knows that I am innocent as a lamb and had nothing to do with any other girl from Hyderabad.

Illustration by Sorit
Shoaib Malik
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I know there are many in India and Pakistan who wonder why Sania trusts me despite all those allegations by a certain Ayesha Siddiqui. Well, that’s because she knows Shoaib’s real story—a story which I will now share with you. Let me begin at the beginning. You all know that old Pakistani saying—that every human has at least six lookalikes. Luckily, in my case, all of them happen to live in my home town, Sialkot. And, in what must be the strangest of coincidences, all of them have been named Shoaib Malik and love cricket. They have also been blessed with the same voice as mine and have parents who bear a strong resemblance to my abba and ammi. In fact, Sania has seen the Sialkot sextet and therefore knows that I am innocent as a lamb and had nothing to do with any other girl from Hyderabad.

So the Shoaib (let’s call him No. 4 for identification purposes) who secretly married Ayesha in 2002 and exchanged vows over the telephone was not me. Now, I’ve done some background checks on this particular...

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