Renowned cricketer Shahid Afridi has penned a heartfelt note for his daughter, Ansha, in response to her recent marriage to Pakistan’s fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi. The wedding festivities unfolded in Karachi, marking a joyous occasion for the families.
This union comes two years after the couple’s engagement, with their nikah ceremony held in an intimate gathering in February earlier this year. On this special occasion, Afridi took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to convey his emotions through Urdu couplets.
In his moving message, the former cricket captain expressed, “Aya tha ghar main noor abhi kal ki baat hai, Rukhsat bhi ho raha hai wo ankhon kay saamney, Dooba hua bhi hai terey baba ka dil magar, Umeed subh-e-nau isey ayi hai thamney,” revealing the depth of his sentiments.
Accompanying the heartfelt couplets were two photographs, both taken from behind, capturing Afridi’s affectionate moments with the newlyweds. In one of the images, the former all-rounder leans toward his daughter, exuding the emotions of a father bidding farewell to his beloved child.
Ansha, dressed in a meticulously crafted red outfit adorned with intricate gold zardozi and sequin work, radiated elegance and charm on her special day.
Images from the private wedding venue in Karachi have circulated widely on social media, featuring Shaheen Shah Afridi in high spirits, mingling with guests and sharing moments with fellow cricketer and Pakistan captain, Babar Azam.
The 23-year-old fast bowler arrived at the venue alongside his family, marking the beginning of a new chapter in his life. The rukhsati, symbolizing the bride’s departure from her paternal home, was graced by a diverse guest list, including former cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Tanveer Ahmed, and Sohail Khan.
Although the couple officially tied the knot seven months ago in Karachi, the rukhsati ceremony was postponed until September. Their valima ceremony, a celebration following the wedding, is scheduled to take place in Islamabad on September 21, promising more joy and festivity for the newlyweds.