Azharuddin denies third marriage with Shanon

Former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin who was reported to be married for the third time after being spotted with an American friend, has rubbished the reports.

Azhar took to Twitter on Sunday and clarified by posting, “News about my 3rd marriage is incorrect and false. Please check facts before publishing.”

A section of the media had reported that the cricketer-turned-politician has entered into a wed-lock for the third time with his American friend Shanon Marie.

According to a report in the Maharashtra Times, Azhar introduced Shanon as his wife when they visited the house of his driver Jaan Mohammed in Mumbai on Saturday. The driver recently passed away and Azhar and Shanon had visited to offer condolences to his family.

The reported further added that the 52-year-old batsman was spotted with Shanon during an International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) match between the Indian aces and Phillippine Mavericks in New Delhi. 

Azhar was first married to Naureen with whom he had two sons. His younger son died in a road accident in Hyderabad in 2011. He divorced his first wife after nine years of marriage and tied the knot with model-turned-actress Sangeeta Bijlani in 1996, but the couple reportedly parted ways in 2010.

Azhar has played 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India and is credited for being one of the most successful captains. His cricketing career ended in disgrace in 2000 when he was embroiled in a match-fixing scandal and was banned for life from playing the game. However, the ban was lifted in 2012, but his cricker career was already over by then.

Azhar ventured into politics in 2009 and was elected to Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad constituency as a Congress member. However, he lost Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur constituency seat in the elections held last year.

A biopic on the controversial cricketer portraying all aspects of his personal and professional life titled ‘Azhar’ is being shot. Directed by Tony D’Souza, it stars Emraan Hashmi in the cricketer’s role in the biopic which is set to hit theatres in May next year.