Cricketer Mohammad Asif has tied the knot with close friend Sana Hilal here.

The wedding ceremony of Asif, 27, and Sana Hilal, took place at a wedding hall near the Allama Iqbal Airport.

Only close relatives of Asif and bride Sana participated in the function.

Fellow cricketers of Asif could not attend the ceremony as they were busy playing T20 Cup in Karachi.

Former cricketers were not invited. Asif is a Right-arm fast-medium bowler but bats left-handed. He was born in Sheikhupura, Punjab on Dec 20, 1982.

Asif was also busy playing the T20 cricket in Karachi, but he reached Lahore for one day to participate in the celebration that continued till late night.
Sana is Asif’s own choice. The news came as a surprise as past reports claimed that Asif was seeing film and TV star Veena Malik. Last May, there were reports that Asif and Veena got secretly married in England.

The two denied the reports, though Veena admitted that they were close friends

Asif said the rukhsati will take place after his England tour.

News of Asif’s marriage comes as reports say that the fast bowler won’t be joining his team-mates in Dubai this month for Twenty20 series against England.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had last week made a fresh appeal to Dubai authorities requesting them to revoke the traveling restrictions imposed Asif, who was banned from entering the UAE after being stopped with a small quantity of opium in June 2008, but it has been dismissed, cricinfo reported.

“We made a request with the UAE authorities but they turned it down as it’s not possible under their laws,” Wasim Bari, the PCB’s chief operating officer, told AFP.

The PCB had earlier attempted to get clearance for Asif, 27, to play in the UAE last year for the New Zealand series, but failed in its attempt.