The cricketing world was abuzz with speculation recently regarding veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik’s marital status. After numerous conjectures throughout the recent past, the accomplished sportsman has now definitely put an end to all gossip and speculation by officially tying the sacred bond of marriage with renowned and beloved Pakistani actress Sana Javed.

Malik had been in a longstanding marriage with legendary Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, with whom he shares a son. However, the couple were reportedly living separately for some time owing to differences, with neither directly addressing the separation rumours until now. 

Things began heating up on the rumour mill earlier this week when Sania cryptically posted on her social media about choosing “your hard” in life and relationships. This triggered frenzied discussions online about a potential divorce from Malik. 

While the former teammates declined comments, eagle-eyed fans noticed telltale signs of unrest like ceasing to follow each other on platforms and removing tags in shared pictures. Their discreet behaviour only served to stoke more speculation fires among the avid cricket community. 

The latest development provides closure on the matter, with Malik taking to Twitter to declare marrying Javed with images from their wedding ceremony. The post’s caption of pairing from God leaves no ambiguity about officially moving on from his first marriage. 

Interestingly, rumours of Malik cozying up to the actress were rife for months, given their perceived closeness on social media. From warm birthday wishes to defending her honor in a controversy, the cricketer expressed visible support and admiration for Javed. 

Unsurprisingly, fans had taken these shows of affection as indicators of a potential romance brewing between the two Pakistani celebrities. However, neither party commented on such rumours until making their relationship official via nuptials.

While some express disappointment over Malik’s broken first marriage that lasted over a decade, most well-wishers send regards to both parties for opting difficult marital routes. They face new chapters now after the high-profile sport-Bollywood union ends its course amidst speculation.

Overall, the sudden announcement has provided closure to ardent fans tracking Malik’s personal matters closely. He settles past doubts by committing to Javed amidst his athletic twilight and personal transition away from Mirza. Both move on from a long speculated separation that remained unofficial until their respective ‘hard choices’ indicated through several cryptic tweets by both of them in the past.