Out of team, Malik plays tennis with Sania Mirza

Shoaib Malik was denied central contract of the national team by the PCB in July Getty Images

Islamabad: Aug 2, 2011

Out of favour Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik, has taken to playing tennis and is elated at beating his star wife, Sania Mirza, on a mini court.

“I play tennis with Sania twice a week. I beat her at a mini court recently,” Malik told PTI during a recent interaction at Lahore airport.

Malik, who developed interest in the game after his marriage to the Indian tennis ace, is now aiming to beat her on a standard court.

“I now want to win a game on a full-sized court,” the former Pakistan captain said.

Emphasising on the rise in Sania’s ranking, Malik pointed out that her game has improved after their marriage.

Malik said he was in India during the historic cricket World Cup semi-final between the arch-rivals but regretted for not being able to watch it live.

“I did not have a visa for Mohali,” he said.

Sania is passionate about cricket and the couple support their respective countries during an Indo-Pak cricket match.

“We watch the game together, she supports India and I support Pakistan,” he revealed.

Talking about their marriage, the cricketer said both were happy. They are based out in Dubai but but keep visiting their native countries.

“We live in Dubai and keep visiting both India and Pakistan. Both the High Commissions have been very cooperative in issuing us visas,” he said.

Neither Malik nor Sania have considered changing their nationalities.