Karachi, Apr 1: Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) chief Dilawar Abbas wants Indian ace Sania Mirza to play for Pakistan after her marriage with cricketer Shoaib Malik.
"It is great news for our tennis community that Sania Mirza is getting married to Shoaib Malik. We welcome her and hope that she would become a Pakistani national and play for us in future," Abbas was quoted by The News as saying.
Abbas said, "She has a great future ahead and we would be delighted if she plays for Pakistan."
However, Sania has made it clear that she would continue representing India even after her marriage.
"She can encourage our girls to take up tennis, she can inspire them to become world class players. We would hope that Sania would lend a helping hand to women's tennis in Pakistan," he said.
Abbas even suggested that Sania could team up with Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq on the mixed-doubles circuit.
"Both Sania and Aisam are really good doubles players. I believe that their team would not just achieve great results internationally but will also help bridge the gap between India and Pakistan," he added.