After Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Asif finds himself in a similar controversy with television channels here claiming that the lanky pacer had married popular actress Veena Malik in London last year before wedding another girl this year.
Just three days before he flies to the West Indies for the T20 World Cup, Asif is being accused of marrying Veena, with whom the cricketer was entangled in a ugly dispute over money matters until last week before common friend Zahid Ali Saif brokered peace between them.
Two television channels reported on Tuesday that the financial dispute was resolved only on the condition that Asif will get his 'nikah' with Veena registered in Pakistan.
The problem for Asif is that he got married to a girl chosen by his family in February amid much fanfare after which Veena came out with her claims that Asif owed her around 15 million rupees.
Veena's claim was that Asif had taken money as loan from here in 2008 and 2009 when he was suspended from cricket and facing severe financial problems.
Asif denied the charges saying he only took 3.9 million from Veena and had returned it to her but the actress then filed a case of fraud and cheat against Asif in court and their dispute snowballed into a major soap opera in the media before they appeared together with Saif to announce they had reached a settlement.
"The Nikah between Asif and Veena was performed by a Bengali Qazi while both were in London last year in May with Zahid Ali Saif present there as a witness, but the 'Nikah' was never registered," one channel reported.
It claimed that Veena agreed to a settlement with Asif only after she was promised that the 'Nikah' would be officially registered and the bowler would announce his marriage to her publicly and also divorce his other wife Hina Bilal.
"Asif is now facing a tricky situation because he only recently publicly got married and now this claim that he is already married to Veena," one source close to the pace bowler said.
Zahid told a channel that he would not like to comment on the 'Nikah' controversy while the two main players didn't respond to calls.
Ironically, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik faced a similar situation recently in India where he had gone to marry tennis star Sania Mirza when another girl from Hyderabad claimed Malik had performed 'Nikah' with her.
Shoaib initially refusing to accept that he had a 'Nikah' with the girl but he went on to divorce her before marrying Sania.
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