Here comes the bride!

Mohammad Asif signed a formal wedding contract in March, but celebrations were being held in Lahore this week.


Afp October 01, 2010

LAHORE: Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif, who is being investigated by British police in a major spot-fixing scandal, has tied the knot in Lahore late on September 30, 2010.

Asif and Karachiite Sana Hilal's wedding reception was held at a local hotel last night. The guests included Asif's team mates Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Mohammad Hafeez as well as relatives of the bride and groom. The Valima will be held at the same venue tonight.

The couple signed a formal wedding contract under Islamic law in March, but a series of celebrations and receptions were held last night.

The 27-year-old Asif, was one of three Pakistani players provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council after a British tabloid claimed no-balls were delivered to order during last month's Lord's Test against England

The ICC is expected to form a commission to hear the case after Scotland Yard completes an investigation. “I hope marriage will be the turning point in my career and change my life in a positive way,” Asif was quoted as saying by local television channels.

Several team-mates, including Test captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamir – the others suspended by the ICC – are expected to attend the festivites.

“Asif is very relaxed and is hopeful that he will be cleared of any spot-fixing charges. He hopes that his wedding will bring luck for him,” said a family friend, who did not want to be named.

Since his debut in 2005, Asif’s career has been dogged by controversy. He twice failed dope tests and twice tested positive for a banned steroid. In 2006, he was banned for one year – a punishment overturned on appeal. But when he tested positive again in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2008, his appeal against a one-year ban failed.

He was then arrested at Dubai airport for possessing a banned drug while returning from the IPL. He was detained for 19 days and deported after police found the quantity of the banned drug “insufficient” to pursue a case.

Further scandal came when actress and model Veena Malik claimed he owed her huge amounts of money. She also alleged that Asif was involved in match-fixing and was said to have handed evidence to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit earlier this month.

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COMMENTS (14)

Tanzeel. | 10 years ago | Reply He's looking like a Grasshopper.
Shani Syed | 10 years ago | Reply So where is Veena Malik's Comment ??? LOL Any ways thats his private life affair wish him a good married life Cricketers have their private lives too dont they??? atleast his married life would be more private than Shoaib Malik's wouldn't it cmon people leave em alone
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