Once the most feared fast bowler in the world, Shoaib Akhtar has finally decided to marry. The Rawalpindi Express, who last played an international match - ODI - in March 2011, will reportedly marry 17-year-old Rubab, the daughter of a businessman.
Akhtar, who was recently seen on TV as an expert during the Indian Premier League 2014, has made headlines several times during his 15-year-old international both with his cricketing exploits and off-field endeavours. His upcoming wedding in the third week of June, will surely grab the spotlight once again.
According to reports in Pakistan media, Akhtar is visiting his hometown Rawalpindi on June 12 to finalise details of his wedding with Rubab, who has three elder brothers and a younger sister. Rubab appeared in intermediate examination in Abbottabad only last month.
Reports say Akhtar's family met Mushtaq Khan, a businessman from Haripur, while on Haj last year and discussions of a marriage started soon after. Rubab is not a cricket fan, but Akhtar is not only about cricket.
Akhtar's interests in life span from cricket to philanthropy. During the 2011 World Cup, Akhtar said in an interview that he wanted to build a hospital for the poor in Rawalpindi, just like Imran Khan did in Lahore for cancer patients. Imran's mother died from cancer.