Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan marries Saudi expat girl Safa Baig…. writes COT Azeez
Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has tied nuptial knots with a 21-year-old girl from Jeddah. Last year we saw some of the most high-profile cricketers either being married or engaged. The trend continues in the New Year as well. After Indian medium-pacer Mohit Sharma being engaged to his girlfriend, Hazel Keech. In addition, latest in the row is all-rounder Irfan Pathan.
The bride’s name is Safa, former student of International Indian School, Jeddah. Safa grew up in Azizia district in Jeddah and she is an alumna of the International Indian School in Jeddah. Daughter of Mirza Farooq Baig, Safa was a model by profession and now works for a PR firm in Jeddah. She is also popular as a nail artist. The family hails from Hyderabad.
The Nikkah function was held at Grand mosque in Makkah on Thursday. His brother and Former All-rounder Yusuf Pathan and some of the relatives came to Makkah to attend the ceremony.
Sources close to his family said that Irfan and Safa were seeing each other for last two years.”Irfan and Safa met in Dubai about two years ago and later came close. Safa even visited Baroda to meet Irfan’s family. The duo got engaged about three months ago following which the wedding date was fixed,” said another source.
It was a simple wedding ceremony in Makkah and the Pathan family had kept it a low-key affair. Only family members and close relatives of 31-year-old Irfan and Safa were present during the ‘nikkah’ following which the Pathan family had organised a dinner programme at a luxury hotel in downtown on Thursday night.
Irfan is expected to throw a grand reception in March.
About marriage plans, Irfan earlier said, “2016 will be an exciting year for me, both professionally and personally -“Ghar pe agar ek bete ki shaadi ho jaaye, toh doosre pe thoda pressure toh hota hi hai. ”
His brother Yusuf Pathan got married in 2013 and became a father of a baby boy in 2014. Irafan posts pictures with his little nephew quite frequently on social media.