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By Jawad Hussain
KARACHI, Oct. 30, 2018 (News925.com) – Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik and his Indian tennis star wife Sania Mirza welcomed a baby boy to their family on Tuesday morning.
The Indo-Pak sports couple has named their son as Izhaan Mirza Malik, which means “Showing Obedience to the Almighty” in the Arabic language, the Indian media reports suggested.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Pakistani all-rounder wrote on his official Twitter account, “Excited to announce: It’s a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah”.
Shoaib Malik thanked his fans and well-wishers in another Twitter post saying, “Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled. #BabyMirzaMalik”
Shoaib Malik’s manager and agent Ameem Haq also took to the microblogging website before the 36-year-old Pakistani all-rounder to announce the big news for the Indo-Pak cricket fans. He tweeted, “#BabyMirzaMalik boy is here. Baby and mother are all smiles, the dad is over the moon.”
Both Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik kept their fans updated right throughout the pregnancy period through numerous photographs and posts on different social media platforms.
India’s three-time Grand Slam doubles champion had announced her pregnancy in April this year, prompting the speculations about the end of her tennis career. She was already out of tennis action since October 2017 due to a knee injury. However, the Indian tennis queen is nowhere near to announce retirement from tennis career.
Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik is an integral part of Pakistan’s limited overs cricket team. He flew to India to be part of the celebrations and returned back to the United Arab Emirates to join the team for the upcoming Twenty20 International series against New Zealand.
The three-match Twenty20 International series gets underway with the first match at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium on October 31. The match will kick off at 9:00 p.m. Pakistan time.