Embroiled in a controversy over his alleged first marriage, former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik has claimed that he has never met Ayesha Siddiqui, who claims to be his first wife.
Speaking to The Times of India, he said, "This relationship started on the telephone, in the year 2001. I was in Sharjah at that time, with the Pakistan cricket team. She telephoned me, introduced herself as Ayesha, and told me that she was a fan of mine, who lived in Saudi Arabia. That's how we got talking."
He says that the Siddiquis cheated him by showing some other girl's photograph as Ayesha's.
"Ayesha sent me some photographs, which she said were hers. I haven't met the girl in the photographs, not to this day," he said in the interview.
He claimed that Ayesha pressurised her into marriage saying that her family was losing face in Hyderabad as the word had got around about their courtship.
Since the news of Sania and Shoaib's marriage broke, the controversy has thickened with both Ayesha's and Shoaib's family arguing and counter-arguing about the whole affair.
Shoaib flew to Hyderabad on Friday night to meet Sania and prepare for his marriage with the tennis star.
Meanwhile, Sania Mirza backed Shoaib Malik on social networking site Twitter saying that she and her family know the truth.