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Home > India > Cricket > IPL > Report

Malik not afraid of Hyderabad stint

April 21, 2008 12:05 IST

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik [Images] does not foresee any problem in playing the Indian Premier League matches in Hyderabad despite his long running feud with an Indian family, who claim that he has married their daughter and is not granting her divorce as per Islamic laws.

The Siddiqui family claims Malik performed nikah with their daughter Aisha in 2002 on telephone and is now refusing to divorce her.

Malik says he never married the Indian girl and the girl's family tried to trap him in an internet marriage scam.

Siddiqui has threatened to move court in Hyderabad against Malik. But the Pakistan skipper said he was leaving for Hyderabad on Monday morning to play in the IPL.

"If you know there are two legal notices with the Siddiqui family that I have sent them to retract their claims and apologise for trying to defame me, and they have kept quiet on the notices," Malik said.

"If I had anything to hide or was afraid, I would not go to Hyderabad for the IPL game.

"I don't think there will be any problem in playing in Hyderabad. As it is, it is purely up to our Delhi captain Virender Sehwag [Images] if he even plays me because we already have eight overseas players in the side," Malik said.

Malik, who led Pakistan to a 5-0 whitewash in the one-day series against Bangladesh and a win in the Twenty20 game on Sunday, said the IPL would be as much important for him as playing for Pakistan.

"We are professional cricketers and we have a playing life span of around 12 to 15 years. So we have to remain committed and perform to the best of our abilities. For me, the IPL is as important being a professional as playing for Pakistan," he said.

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