Wedding in India, reception in Pakistan: Sania

HYDERABAD: Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis player Sania Mirza, two of South Asia''s best known sports personalities, are to marry in April, the players said on Tuesday.

On Tuesday night, Sania Mirza appeared before the media and officially announced the date of her marriage - April 11. The reception will be held on April 15.

Sania said she and Shoaib will settle in Dubai after marriage. Sania revealed that she met Shoaib for the first time 6-7 years ago.

However, the tennis star made it clear that she play for India while Shoaib will play for Pakistan.

"I will decide on career course after playing in Olympics in 2012," said Sania.

"I''m very happy, we''re all very happy," Mirza told reporters in her home town of Hyderabad.

"It''s still a few days away or a few weeks away."

Malik, an all-rounder who captained Pakistan between 2007and 2009, told television channels in Pakistan: "We both are also happy and it''s happening next month".

The couple will settle in Dubai after their marriage, Mirza said.

To a question, Sania said she would support both India and her husband in a match between two rivals.

The 23-year-old was the first Indian to win a WTA tour event in 2005 and reached her highest world ranking of 27 two years ago although she has since slipped to 92nd.

Malik, 28, has been fighting a 12-month ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board for poor performance and indiscipline.