Shoaib Akhtar secretly weds 20 year-old

Published: June 25, 2014
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Former international cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Former international cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ABBOTABAD: Former international cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has tied the knot with a 20-year-old girl from Haripur, family sources told The Express Tribune.

The wedding was a secret affair with only close family members attending the gathering.

According to family sources, the Nikkah was solemnised after Isha prayers on June 23 in Mohalla Ramzani, and was attended by close family members.

Sources said Shoaib Akhtar’s family met Mushtaq Khan, a businessman from Haripur while on Hajj last year and asked Khan’s wife for help in finding a suitable match for the 39-year-old retired cricketer.

“There were not more than ten people,” disclosed a close relative of Mushtaq, who’s wife helped make the match.

Reportedly, Akhtar’s wife Rubab was born in 1994 and has little interest in cricket. She appeared in intermediate exams conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Abbottabad last month.

On June 7, The Express Tribune had reported that the man popularly known as the Rawalpindi Express, was set to marry a teenage girl from the district of Haripur but the cricketer denied these allegations.

Akhtar even rebutted these claims on his Twitter account.

Earlier, a mehndi function was scheduled for June 19, rukhsati for June 20 at Haripur’s Bilawal Hall and valima for June 22 in Rawalpindi.

Further, family sources revealed that the cricketer became conscious and decided to keep it a low-key affair after the story was published in The Express Tribune. He requested his in-laws to either shift the venue to some other city or reschedule the dates, a close family member said.

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Reader Comments (47)

  • Farhan
    Jun 25, 2014 - 8:11PM

    The “Rawalpindi Express” has left the platform. Congrats to the legend and May Allah grant them a happy and prosperous union. Ameen

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  • Chachoo
    Jun 25, 2014 - 8:12PM

    Wish him good luck and that is all.

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  • Cheema
    Jun 25, 2014 - 8:21PM

    See the biased reporting of Express tribune. For Junaid Khan it is all praise. But for Shoaib Akhter the word Secretly is mentioned for no reason. Why so called Liberal News channel could not respect the Privacy of some person. For Junaid Khan it was a family affair but for Shoaib it is not ? Also Junaid can be engaged to a Teen with no problem but Shoaib have no right even to marry a 20 year old according to Express tribune?

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/724094/a-whole-new-ball-game-for-junaid-khan/Recommend

  • Rashid
    Jun 25, 2014 - 9:14PM

    @Cheema, junaid khan is not 39 year old like Shoaib akhtar he is still under 30.

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  • Last Word
    Jun 25, 2014 - 9:45PM

    ET had earlier reported that the girl to be wedded to the former cricketer is 17 yrs old which appears to be correct as she has just appeared in her intermediate exams.

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  • umair
    Jun 25, 2014 - 10:24PM

    Nothing wrong with it.
    Congrats to both.

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  • Dr. Abid Shah Mashwani
    Jun 25, 2014 - 10:28PM

    @Cheema Well our newspapers should not make such negative headlines if someone get marry with an adult girl. But as long as your comparison of Junaid and Shoaib is concern, you have to remember 20 yo girl is half the age of Akhtar, while Junaid is only 24 yo.

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  • Factful
    Jun 25, 2014 - 10:47PM

    This will clearly be a marriage where both parties will have an equal say in the making of household decisions. May Allah grant them a prosperous union. AmeenRecommend

  • Strategic Asset
    Jun 25, 2014 - 10:57PM

    Hope his wife passes the exams.

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  • AZ
    Jun 25, 2014 - 11:15PM

    When Shoaib is okay,girl is okay their families are happy,what’s the problem with everyone? Marrying a 19 years old girl is not an issue islamically.

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  • um
    Jun 25, 2014 - 11:22PM

    @Rashid:
    if she is a consulting adult then shoaib akhtars age is not an issue.

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  • Shah
    Jun 25, 2014 - 11:45PM

    @Cheema, that is exactly how this media ruined his career. Every news portrayed involving him was negative, people started treating him as a villain. He was the best after Akram but sadly got wasted by media. He might have won a 100 matches more, had he been treated well. Apart from his deadly bowling, he is one of the sharpest cricketing mind we have

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  • Moiz Omar
    Jun 26, 2014 - 12:05AM

    As long as the marriage is between two consenting adults (at least 18 or 19 years of age), who are not of direct close family patronage it should be no one’s business

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  • truthbetold
    Jun 26, 2014 - 12:17AM

    @AZ:

    “Marrying a 19 years old girl is not an issue islamically.”

    Also, “islamically” it is not an issue when men marry four women with the latter wives getting younger all the time. You don’t see this as a societal/islamic problem of women’s oppression and treating them as property to be enjoyed and thrown away when they get old?

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  • MAD
    Jun 26, 2014 - 12:18AM

    If he is indeed married than best wishes to the new couple.

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  • Cheema
    Jun 26, 2014 - 1:09AM

    @Rashid So it is acceptable in the West but in so called Islamic republic you are getting a problem with this age difference?. In America even i have seen many successful couples where older ladies marry young men and still they are very happy and no American poke nose in their private lives Also Age difference give you the right to poke in someone’s else life.? Wasim Akram did that recently and despite the age difference they are happy. I have tons of examples around me where despite the age difference couples are happy. So we should wish them good luck and nothing else.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Jun 26, 2014 - 1:52AM

    What a Pitty?
    How much self destructive are we? And this is the extreme example of a kind of leg pulling.

    We don’t have problem if 49 years old Johnny Depp marries 26 years old Amber Heard. We don’t have problem if any other Angraiz does this. (There are lots of such examples). But as soon as somebody does this in Pakistan, our so called democratic & educated people share their critical views.

    We really need to change our way of thinking. Stop annoying others………. please………………………………

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  • Mega
    Jun 26, 2014 - 1:53AM

    @AZ dude he’s supposed to be a role model for your country. Its understandable in love marriage but arrange? In today’s time what message is he sending seeking and marrying someone potential his daughter’s age? She’s giving her exams for god sake, and his in 40 categ now. Would you seek such alliance for your own family member girl?

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  • Beck
    Jun 26, 2014 - 2:08AM

    Congrats and welcome to the married club. Now get back to normal life as this is what marriage is.

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  • T
    Jun 26, 2014 - 2:13AM

    Media had ruined Shoaib’s career, now they want to ruin his married life too…. pathetic!

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  • JaY Ray
    Jun 26, 2014 - 3:44AM

    shockingly saying people are so aggressive to media person in any issue , it’s unfair to always blame media . when we r talking about girls education , women empowerment & her equal right in our society that means a prosperous society in our eyes. people r talking the 18 yr teen girl already in adultery age so there is no problem to marry her , here my question is just at the name of adultery age if a society allows the 39 yr old guy to marry a teen girl than what effect would be in our next generation where we r still not a postion to deliver a basic education ? society is allowing to marry her but is it right ethically ? As what I know about Islam , it never said girl shoud be allow to marry in their teen age . Above all the male dominated society not the solution of our society rather it would be very dangerous day by day . when celebrity like people do this thing it’s than more dangerous . My request to people of these society please give them space to learn , to educate , to get prosperous ………… women are our power . At least respect them …….

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  • Rashid
    Jun 26, 2014 - 9:55AM

    @Cheema, yes wish them best of luck on this new journey.

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  • Rashid
    Jun 26, 2014 - 9:59AM

    @Karachiite
    well if you want to quote west, then quote it properly
    In west a man can have only one spouse, plus in case of divorce he has to share half of his property with her. So it gives a security to the spouse financially as well her husband cannot marry another one at the same time like a piece of cake in our society. Plus a woman can also divorce her husband.

    Implement all these laws over here, and then think of following west.

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  • A
    Jun 26, 2014 - 1:55PM

    @truthbetold, you are right about the fact that at the name of religion pathetic decisions are made in our country weather it’s remarrying for their own pleasure, or marrying someone who is young enough to be your daughter. It’s not about consent it’s disgusting that everyone here is supporting the idea of literally a child being married off to a 39 year old. How would their opinions, future plans, idealism, maturity anything match?

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  • pakistani bloach
    Jun 26, 2014 - 2:09PM

    @Rashid: so you saying woman have no protection in marriage according to islam? You need to educate yourself about woman in islam.

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  • Stranger
    Jun 26, 2014 - 3:43PM

    I say whats wrong with it.She is above 18 so is legally allowed to marry.Recommend

  • Saira
    Jun 26, 2014 - 4:51PM

    So what???? The girl and his family would be aware of his age. What’s a big deal?

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  • Rida Ali
    Jun 26, 2014 - 6:58PM

    I see nothing wrong with it.. tribune should be ashamed of making this as a big shush shush. Look at the picture doest look like she is being forced into it. Stupid media.

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  • abedin
    Jun 26, 2014 - 10:35PM

    In Pakistan , is it legal to marry underage girl ?? So far we know below 18 year considered to be underage .

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  • believer
    Jun 27, 2014 - 1:10AM

    @Karachiite:

    “We don’t have problem if 49 years old Johnny Depp marries 26 years old Amber Heard. We don’t have problem if any other Angraiz does this.”

    What you are missing is that there is not societal, religious, family or cultural pressure in western countries on women to be forced to marry. Also, western women are truly independent and are much more educated.

    Can you say the same things about Pakistani women? Pakistan has a culture and religious practice of marrying off young women to men who are often old enough to be their fathers or even grandfathers.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 27, 2014 - 4:54AM

    @Karachiite:
    Having huge age difference is not a big problem, if both adults are in love and know what are the consequences. When our great hero Imran Khan had age difference of more than 20 years. In that particular case, he and Jemima were in love, both had free will and also had freedom of choice but in Shoaib’s case this is purely an arranged marriage. Therefore comparing this marriage with Western marriages is not right.

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  • Gaurav
    Jun 27, 2014 - 5:47AM

    Shoaib Married the young girl because she looks like Sonali Bendre who is a bollywood actress. Shoaib had proposed to Bendre years ago but she refused and now after so many years Shoaib has not forgetten her because the girl who has been chosen looks like Sonali Bendre in her younger yearsRecommend

  • Naren
    Jun 27, 2014 - 7:47AM

    Marrying a girl, half of his age, is like buying a book for others to read.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 27, 2014 - 8:45AM

    In West polygamy is a crime if reported. In addition wife gets at least half of all assets. In most cases man has to leave the house with woman and kids. In most of the cases marriage is a civil matter between two consenting adults.
    In Pakistan all the wives would get a total of 1/8th of the assets among them which would be barely enough to live on. Also the man can throw her wife out of the home by uttering one word three times. After the man dies his wives become dependent of the sons and cannot even perform Hajj without them.
    It is Shoaib and his family’s choice and private matter let us not compare with the west without any security system for women in Bakistan.

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  • Akhtar Zaman Khattak
    Jun 27, 2014 - 9:01AM

    Congrats to both…Bride and Groom…Wish you both a very Happy & Prosperous married life & future.Matured men are very caring,loving and they respect their wives…

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  • Roshan
    Jun 27, 2014 - 9:28AM

    @Naren:
    Shoaib Akhtar did not learn from Imran Khan…Recommend

  • Vijay
    Jun 27, 2014 - 11:42AM

    He he! I came here to read reactions of Paki public but saw a huge acceptance!
    Common folks! Grow up and let the girls also grow up first ;)
    OK.. let the mud slinging start now!

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  • Vijay
    Jun 27, 2014 - 12:09PM

    He he! Came here to check out the comments!Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    Jun 27, 2014 - 2:08PM

    @Vijay:
    Rememeber Saif and Katrina??
    He he he he.. :p
    She was grown up but he was, too much grown up. She attended his first marriage as a 10 year old…
    He he he he..

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  • Last Word
    Jun 27, 2014 - 3:19PM

    @Strategic Asset: Hope his wife passes the exams

    Don’t you think it is more important for the 40 yrs old Shoaib to pass his exam ?

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  • Sudhindra
    Jun 27, 2014 - 3:59PM

    @goldconsumer
    Rememeber Saif and Katrina??

    I’m presuming you meant “Kareena” …

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  • ABKhan
    Jun 27, 2014 - 4:06PM

    @Vijay:

    You should be more concerned about your practices. Remember your great Raja Dahir who married to his sister? Is it still the common practice in India ?

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  • Vijay
    Jun 27, 2014 - 7:36PM

    @goldconsumer:
    The age difference is only 10 and that too they married when they were way too matured! But 38 and 17! :P

    How do you make a girl grow up by three years in three days?!

    @ABKhan:
    We are concerned about our practices so nobody gives a hoot what’s happening in Pak.Just that this strange thing happened and so thought of checking the people’ views. And who is Raja Dahir?! Never heard of him.. in any case that must have happened hundreds of years ago .. we have come a long way since then but seems you are still stuck there!Recommend

  • Roni
    Jun 27, 2014 - 10:45PM

    @Mirza: Sir, to add to your comments that after the death of a man his wife gets everything in the West not just 1/8 like Pakistan. She therefore is never dependent upon her sons or daughters and remains head of the family.

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  • David
    Jun 27, 2014 - 11:23PM

    How come his wife become 20 from 17 in one month. Anyway congrats shoaib

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  • goldconsumer
    Jun 28, 2014 - 12:41PM

    @Vijay:
    Age difference of 10 or 20 or whatever man. If the couple is happy, a “mature” individual shouldnt be concerned at all. Speaking of which, you dont give a hoot to whatever is happening in Pakistan, yet you are commenting on a news that didnt make a minor headline in Pakistan! How “mature” is that?

    @Sudhindra:
    Dont watch Indian copy paste movies madam. The only reason i got to know, is through our media..

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  • wisdom
    Jul 28, 2014 - 4:00AM

    Its shoaib’s personal life and nobody should be bothered by it.. the bride is above legal age for marriage so there is no violation of any law… So stop assuming that she would have been forced into marriage unless you know it for a fact… Media and public should therefore mind their goddamn businessRecommend

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