August 4, 2011

Offbeat

Shoaib Malik turns to tennis

Tariq Engineer

Shoaib Malik may not be able to play international cricket for Pakistan until he is cleared by the PCB, but he can still experience the thrill of playing a sport against international-level opposition. Malik has taken to playing tennis with his wife, Indian professional tennis player Sania Mirza, and has even claimed to have beaten her, albeit on a mini-court.

“I play tennis with Sania twice a week,” Malik told the Express Tribune.” I beat her on a mini-court recently.” The Pakistan allrounder took up tennis after marrying Mirza and his new goal is to beat her on a regular court. He also claims his wife’s game has improved after she married him.

Mirza is also a cricket fan and they root for their respective countries when India play Pakistan.

Tariq Engineer is a former senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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