Karachi, Apr 27: Irked by the hype over his marriage with tennis ace Sania Mirza, Pakistan Cricketer Shoaib Malik has asked the media to exercise restraint.
"I am pleased to know that people are happy with our marriage but I think now it is time to stop this hype and let us live like a normal couple. I would request the media to leave alone both the families," Shoaib said when he and Sania appeared together for the first time on a Pakistani channel last night.
"Two people from different countries got married and it should only be treated as a marriage nothing more," Malik told 'Ary News'.
Malik said that the while the celebration in Pakistan is overwhelming, he was now tired of being Sania's bodyguard.
"I would ask the media to reduce the hype let our families enjoy this occasion as any family would celebrate a marriage. Because of all this hype I couldn't even meet my friends and relatives properly at the reception in Sialkot, it was a mad rush," he said.
Speaking on the report about Shoaib demanding money for the coverage of the walima, he said that he was disturbed by the negative publicity.
"I can only laugh at stories that invitation cards for our wedding reception were sold. Please don't turn wedding cards into credit cards," Malik said.
Sania said that the media hype over their wedding was suprising.
"It is not like ours is a great big love story. Strangely we were introduced by a common friend from the media then I met him in Hobart and our families also met and we decided to get married," she said.
It has been reported that Sania's father Imran is personally supervising all security arrangements for the walima in Lahore after some unpleasant experience at the reception in Sialkot on Sunday, Apr 25, night.