Sania Mirza marries Shoaib Malik

A Pakistani shop keeper shows cricket bats which carry pictures of Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistan's former cricket captain Shoaib Malik in Malik's hometown of Sialkot Pakistan. (AP)

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza has married former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik with their families moving up the date of the ceremony by three days, a spokeswoman for Mirza's family said.

The ceremony took place on Monday in a hotel in Mirza's hometown Hyderabad, the capital of southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Rucha Naik, the spokeswoman for Mizra's family, told reporters, "Just now the 'Nikah' (Muslim marriage ceremony) has been performed. Please pray for the couple."

A union of two of South Asia's best known sports personalities came amid a controversy stirred by another Indian woman, Ayesha Siddique, who claimed she was already married to Malik. Last week, Muslim elders brokered a divorce between the pair, clearing the way for the wedding.

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