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Has Shoaib Akhtar secretly married a 20-year-old?

Karachi: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has reportedly tied the knot with a 20-year old girl from Haripur in the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province.

Pakistan's Duniya TV channel reported that Akhtar married Rubab in a quiet Nikah ceremony in Haripur on Wednesday. "The haq mahar has been kept at half a million rupees and Akhtar's parents attended the simple nikah ceremony," the report said.

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar

According to the report, Shoaib Akhtar’s family met Mushtaq Khan, a businessman from Haripur while on Hajj last year and asked Khan’s wife for help in finding a suitable match for the retired cricketer.

Both families reportedly met several times upon their return to Pakistan before finalising a match between Akhtar and Rubab.

Rubab appeared for her intermediate exams conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Abbottabad last month.

Akhtar had initially denied reports that he was getting married to a girl chosen by his parents.

A source close to Akhtar, 38, confirmed to PTI that the fast bowler and his family had visited the girl's residence on June 12 where both families agreed on the wedding date.

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