Mumbai: Indian speedster Munaf Patel got engaged with local girl Taslima before leaving for South Africa to play in the high-profile IPL.
"It was kept a private affair and very few closely related family members from both the parties had attended the engagement ceremony," Ikhar village sarpanch Makbulbhai Khankhara told a news agency. .
Taslima, who has completed her studies upto higher secondary, and Munaf knew each other very well, Khankhara said. Her father Amanulla Haji basher has been working in a managerial capacity in a mill at Palej, he added.
Taslima used to glue to the TV set to see her fiance, also known as Ikhar Express, playing in the cricket matches for India and in IPL.
Asked when will the nikah be performed, Khankhara said "it would depend on the schedule of Twenty20 World Cup matches to be held in England after couple of months as he is very eager to play for the country.
"The bunglow built by Munaf in his native Ikhar village is nearing completion. It has all the facilities needed for keeping him fit for the cricket matches," he added.