Hyderabad: Former India cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin yesterday denied reports that he has married for a third time.
“News about my 3rd marriage is incorrect and false. Please check facts before publishing,” he tweeted.
Mohd Azharuddin and Shannon Marie during the International Premier Tennis League match between Indian Aces and Philippine Mavericks in New Delhi last Thursday. PIC/PTI
The denial came after reports that Azhar married his friend Shannon Marie, an American citizen.
According to a report in Maharashtra Times, Azhar introduced Shannon as his wife when they visited the house of his driver Jaan Mohammed in Mumbai on Saturday to console the family. The driver recently died.
Spotted during an IPTL tie The 52-year-old was reportedly spotted with Shannon during IPTL match featuring the Indian aces and Philippine Mavericks in New Delhi.
Azhar, who played 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India, first married Naureen, with whom he had two sons. In 1996, he divorced her to marry model-turned-actress Sangeeta Bijlani. The couple is believed to have separated in 2010.
Azhar, who shot to fame by hitting three consecutive centuries on debut in 1984-85, was one of the most successful captains.
His career ended in disgrace in 2000 when he was banned for life from playing the game for his involvement in match fixing. Though the court lifted the ban in 2012, Azhar’s career was already over.