Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi's eldest daughter Aqsa will be getting engaged to current national team fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, according to reports.
Shaheen Afridi's father Ayaz Khan has reportedly confirmed to Pakistan media that Shahid Afridi's family has agreed to the proposal as both families have had "long-standing ties" with each other. He also said that the engagement will take place "soon".
Pakistani journalist Ihtisham ul Haq also confirmed the news on social media.
"With permission from both families, I would like to clarify the engagement rumours between Shaheen Afridi and the daughter of Shahid Afridi. The proposal has been accepted; it is thought that a formal engagement will be done within 2 yrs,following the completion of her education," he tweeted.
"The reason behind this tweet is to clarify the suspicion caused by social media. Respect to both families; please do await their own official announcements as they are currently in talks. I would like to request all individuals to respect their privacy during this auspicious time," he added.
Shaheen Afridi and Shahid Afridi both recently played in the Pakistan Super League 2021 before it was postponed indefinitely due to the rising Covid-19 cases in the tournament. Shaheen bagged 9 wickets from 4 games for the Lahore Qalandars while Shahid Afridi took 5 wickets for Multan Sultans.
Shahid Afridi recently turned 44 on March 1 and thanked his fans and well-wishers for their messages on social media.
"Thank you very much for all the lovely birthday wishes - 44 today! My family and my fans are my biggest assets," Afridi said.
Afridi, one of the most celebrated cricketers in his heyday, retired from international cricket in 2017. He had called it quits from Tests as early as 2010 and retired from ODIs in 2015.'
20-year-old Shaheen Afridi meanwhile, has so far played 15 Tests, 22 ODIs and 21 T20Is for Pakistan since making his debut in 2018. He has 48 wickets in red-ball cricket, 45 in 50-overs and 24 in the shortest format.