Sania Mirza, Shoaib Malik expecting first baby in early October


LAHORE: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her husband, Pakistani cricket player Shoaib Malik might be welcoming their first child in the next few days.

The couple is currently in India where the child is expected to be born. Local media outlets report that the child is expected to be born in Hyderabad, India which is the tennis stars hometown.

However, no confirmed reports have been received by the couple itself as yet.

Malik had taken permission from the team’s administration and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to travel to India right after the Asia Cup beforehand. “I have taken permission from the team management to remain with my wife at the time of birth,” he had told the media.

The 36-year-old cricketer requested his fans to pray that everything goes smoothly. Earlier last month, both the parents-to-be have announced that their child will not have either Pakistani or Indian nationality and also that their child’s surname would be Mirza Malik.

“My husband and I have spoken about it and we have decided that whenever we have a child, he or she will have Mirza Malik as a surname and not just Malik. So that’s where we stand as a family,” said Mirza while adding that Shoaib was hopeful of having a girl.

The couple is welcoming the child after eight successful years of marriage.