Aussie cricket star’s surprise role in US wedding

Author 2019-11-07 01:31:00

Getting married is about celebrating true love, but this bride played second fiddle to her husband’s true passion on their wedding night.

Consummating the relationship wasn’t the top item on cricket fan Hasan Tasleem’s list of priorities after saying “I do”. Instead, he had his eyes set on a different prize.

Living in the US, Pakistan supporter Tasleem rarely gets to watch the sport he loves so when the opportunity arises to catch any sort of cricket, he takes it — even if it interrupts what should be the best day of his life.

The newly married man sent a photo and a note to the International Cricket Council reflecting on the moment he came home from his wedding to find out Pakistan was playing Australia in the first game of their three-match T20 series at the SCG on the weekend.

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“Hello, as a diehard cricket fan, I wanted to submit a photo from my wedding this past weekend,” Tasleem wrote in his letter to the ICC. “As per tradition, after the completion of the wedding the bride is brought back home for a little traditional welcoming ceremony amongst the close family.

“As we came home (around midnight in Detroit, Michigan, USA) the Pakistan vs Australia T20 game was getting underway.

“Over the years residing in North America I’ve stayed up at all sorts of odd hours of night to catch Team Pakistan play.

“Even though it was my wedding night, I wasn’t going to miss this game.”

Aussie skipper Aaron Finch was on TV the moment the photo was taken and sure found it funny he took centre stage during another couple’s wedding.

Tasleem’s news caught the attention of Cricinfo journalist Melinda Farrell, who tweeted: “Late to this but I’m not even sure what to make of it.”

Unfortunately for Tasleem, the match ended on a sour note when it was called off because of rain and Pakistan went on to lose game two of the series in Canberra, leaving it needing to win the final match in Perth to square the series.

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