IN PICTURES: Love across the border – Pakistani cricketers who married Indian women

Here are four Pakistani cricketers who fell in love with and married Indian women!

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The tension surrounding a Pakistan Vs. India cricket match is an accurate description of the rivalry between the two countries. Ever since the two nations have come into being, extremists on either side have continued to further the divide and differences.

In all this hate, several Pakistanis and Indians seem to express nothing but love for each other. These individuals are sometimes people living abroad and connecting because of their desi nature and other times celebrities sharing laughs or working together. Over time, the media has witnessed many of these friendly interactions blooming into marriages.

Here are four Pakistani cricketers who fell in love with and married Indian women:

1. Mohsin Khan and Reena Roy

The dashing Pakistani opener from the late 70s and early 80s was a prevalent figure among Indian celebrities. Mohsin married Bollywood actress Reena Roy in 1983 when she was at the peak of her career. Thanks to her, Mohsin even appeared in over a dozen Bollywood films, including the 1991 thriller Saathi. The marriage, however, didn’t last long and fell apart in the early 90s.

2. Zaheer Abbas and Rita Luthra

Zaheer Abbas, known as the Asian Bradman, was unarguably one of the best batsmen the world ever produced. He often played county cricket in England when not on national duty, where he met Indian-origin lady Rita Luthra in the 1980s. She was an interior design student back then. The two fell in love and tied the knot in 1988. Rita converted and changed her name to Samina Abbas. The couple is currently living in Karachi, where she runs her interior design business.

3. Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza

This is probably one of the most adored sports couples in the world. While Malik is a seasoned Pakistani cricketer, Sania is a star Tennis player from India. The two met in Australia in early 2010, where Sania was taking part in the Australian Open and Shoaib was representing Pakistan’s Test team against Aussies. Professionally, the tour didn’t produce any good for both athletes, but it did wonders in bringing the two closer. The duo married in April of the same year and are a happy couple to date.

4. Hassan Ali and Shamia Aarzoo

Pakistani fast bowler Hassan Ali is the fourth in the queue of Pakistani cricketers who married Indian women. According to media reports, Hassan said ‘qubool hai’ to Indian flight engineer Shamia Arzoo in Abu Dhabi. Rumor has it that the two met during the World Cup in England and fell in love.


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