Babar Azam is the current captain of Pakistan cricket team across formats. The right hander from Lahore is the best Pakistani batsman going around. His impeccable batting technique and consistency is the reason why he is only the second batsman after Virat Kohli to average more than 45 in all 3 formats. Consequently, the 26 year old is one of the best batsman in contemporary cricket. This also involves Kohli, Smith, Williamson and Root.
Azam keeps making headlines for Pakistan by his brilliant batting and winning matches. Recently, he became the first Pakistani captain to win his first 4 test matches. Although, that came against a weakened South Africa and Zimbabwe test teams. Hence, experts predict that at this rate, Azam will go on to become the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced. He might overshadow even the likes of Javed Miandad and Inzamam Ul Haq.
However, he is the news again. This time the news is related to his personal life. According to local news reports from Pakistan, Babar Azam has been engaged to his paternal cousin. Both the families agreed to the relation after agreeing between themselves. In all likelihood, Azam will get married to his fiancee by next year.
After the news was confirmed, a lot of cricket fans had their say on this matter. While some were of the conclusion that it is a personal matter of the cricketer, others criticized and trolled Azam for this. Moreover, they were of the opinion that the Pakistani captain should not have engaged with a girl who happens to be his cousin.
An interesting thing about the incident is that Azam is not the first cricketer to marry his own cousin. Many cricketers have married to their own cousins and are living a happy married life. Accordingly, we take a look at 5 of the cricketers who tied the knot with their cousins.
Virender Sehwag – Arti Ahlawat Sehwag
The biggest name amongst these cricketers is the former destructive Indian opener Virender Sehwag. The finest Indian opener after Sunil Gavaskar, Sehwag was a sight to behold when on song. The only Indian cricketer with 2 triple centuries to his name in test cricket, Sehwag was a genius with the bat as an opener.
On a personal front, Sehwag like his batting, took the route which only a few could do. He married his childhood love, who was also his cousin and relative. The name of the girl was Arti Ahlawat. They have been married for 15 years now and have 2 sons.
Shahid Afridi – Nadia Afridi
Not too much can be said about Shahid Afridi. The crazy cricketer from Pakistan held the record for quickest century in ODI cricket for close to 18 years. He was a smasher in the pre T20 era and his batting was during those days was a sign of things to come. Moreover, his quick leg spin made him a complete package in limited overs cricket. No wonder he became a genuine match winner.
Afridi married his cousin named Nadia at a young age of 20. The couple share a cordial relationship.They have 4 daughters from their wedlock.
Mustafizur Rehman – Samia Parvin
The left arm seamer from Bangladesh is also married to his cousin. Her wife Samia is a student at Dhaka University and they married post the 2019 world cup. The couple is yet to have any children.
Saeed Anwar – Lubna Anwar
The majestic left hander from Pakistan was an opener of the highest quality in the 90’s. One of the most successful batsman of his country, he too married his own cousin like his team mate Afridi. In the year 1996, he walked down the aisle with his cousin Lubna, a Doctor by profession. Together, they are living a happy married life for 25 years now.
Mosaddek Hossain – Sharmin Samira Usha
A talented youngster from Bangladesh, Hossain is a regular batsman for his country in limited overs cricket. He got hitched with his cousin Sharmin in 2012 when he was still short of 18 years. Not much is known about Sharmin apart from the fact that she happens to be his cousin.