Facing legal action from his alleged first wife Ayesha Siddiqui, Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik today made a surprise visit to his bride-to-be Sania Mirza's home in Hyderabad amid speculation that their wedding's venue could be changed.
The former Pakistan captain reached Hyderabad late last night and was today seen at Sania's residence though it was not immediately known what prompted his surprise trip to India.
Clad in a trouser and T-shirt, Malik who is slated to marry Sania on April 15, appeared on the balcony of the tennis star's house and was seen talking on his mobile phone while Sania and her mother were also involved in an animated discussion with each other.
His visit to Hyderabad assumes significance in the context of a late night threat by Ayesha's parents that they would file an FIR against him if he went ahead with the marriage without divorcing their daughter.
The Pakistani media was abuzz with reports that the marriage could be shifted to Dubai to avoid any problems from Ayesha's family. There was no confirmation of the reports but Sania's family maintained that the wedding would take place in Hyderabad on the scheduled date.
'Geo TV' quoted sources in Shoaib's family as saying that the marriage would be shifted to Dubai because the cricketer's family is not keen on coming to India.
The channel also reported that Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's criticism of Sania's decision to marry Shoaib has scared the Malik family.
Thackeray had lambasted Sania for choosing a Pakistani as her life partner, saying she would not remain an Indian post her marriage.
Adding to the couple's woes is Ayesha's legal notice to Shoaib for allegedly marrying her over phone and dumping her without taking a formal divorce.
Shoaib has added to the whole drama surrounding the much-anticipated wedding by landing unexpectedly at Sania's home.
Sania has backed her prospective groom saying that she and her family have known the truth all along.
Although she did not mention Shoaib directly, Sania's latest twitter feed clearly supported her husband-to-be, who has been accused of cheating Ayesha.
"Me and my family know what the truth is, we've known it all along and we have confidence in god's justice," Sania said.