Lahore: Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik denied claims by an Indian family that he had telephonic 'nikah' with an Indian girl, saying the chapter closed after disagreement between both families.
Malik's reaction came after the woman's father Mohammad Ahmed Siddiqui, last week claimed Malik married his daughter Ayesha five years ago.
"I liked Ayesha and I told my family about that. Elders of both the families discussed the matter but the chapter got closed after they couldn't agree on certain things," Malik told a press conference.
Malik, who was appointed Pakistan captain in April last year, was accompanied by his sister's husband at the crowded press conference.
Malik said he never cheated on the girl.
"I can never think of cheating a girl and since it was something which disturbed me I am here to clarify the matter," said Malik, 26.
The woman's father said in a statement last week that the marriage ceremony with Malik took place on June 3, 2002.
"We also have the proof and will move the court if Malik does not get divorce which is needed to help my daughter start a new life," Siddiqui said in the statement.
Malik's brother-in-law, Imran, said if the Indian family take the issue to court they will fight the case.
"It was their family who cheated on us. The girl sent someone else's photographs to Malik which was cheating, so if they move the court we can also go to India and fight the case because we are in the right.
"When we saw the girl in... 2005 we were left aghast and at that time we decided not to carry on."