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A match played in heaven?

Reality bytes: The Sania-Shoaib saga will continue, on a reality show to see which woman will win.

mumbai Updated: Apr 11, 2010 01:07 IST
Hindustan Times

The Sania Mirza-Shoaib Malik saga has shown all the makings of a drama fit for prime time television — love, betrayal, a stained salwar, and a quickie divorce. It wasn’t going to be long before someone spotted the potential for a high octane, high TRP serial.

Word is, a TV channel known mainly for its coverage of “alleged celebrity nuptials”, today announced the launch of their new reality show, Shoaib ki Sagai — Bowling Maidens Over.

The show, scheduled to air after the Indian Premier League, will have three women vying for Malik’s affections — his fiancé Sania Mirza, his first ex-wife Ayesha Siddiqui and an undisclosed participant who is reportedly either an ex-girlfriend, another ex-wife or Rakhi Sawant (owing to unavailability of dates from everyone else and Sherlyn Chopra being deemed too thin for the show).

A channel spokesperson said, “We wanted to give all three a fair chance to marry Shoaib. We also wanted all stakeholders to actually have a chance to meet this time, and make an informed decision about their life partner-to-be.”

The show will set tasks where the three will compete against each other to win ‘silly points’ to be added to their scorecards.

The one who has the most silly points in the finale will be declared ‘Woman of the Match’ and will wed Malik on the sprawling grounds of a cricket stadium.

One of the main tasks is said to be a tennis tournament. Bookies are betting on Mirza losing in the first round, owing to her serious injury from a common cold.

However, sources say she will not go down without a fight. She is said to have revealed that she is “ready to do anything to prove my love for Shoaib despite my 3,759 injuries till date”.

Siddiqui is likely to counter this challenge with a counter challenge that could win her hundreds of silly points — itemised cellphone bills showing hours of talktime with Malik.

The show is slated to improve the strained relations between India and Pakistan.

The Indian government has already released a statement saying: “We have ceased all bilateral talks with Pakistan in order to begin matrimonial talks in Agra. These will be held in the precincts of the Taj Mahal — the monument of love.”

Meanwhile Malik, who has been banned from cricket for a year, is hoping for an alternative career in television.

Anticipating the success of Shoaib ki Sagai, Malik has been approached to star on an American reality show.

The show, Sportsmen gone wild, will also feature Tiger Woods and Yuvraj Singh.

First Published: Apr 11, 2010 01:06 IST