In a touching display of love and emotion, cricket legend Shahid Afridi shared a heartfelt note for his daughter, Ansha Afridi, on the occasion of her wedding to Pakistan’s pace sensation, Shaheen Shah Afridi. The wedding festivities unfolded in Karachi, creating an atmosphere of joy and celebration among family and friends.
Ansha and Shaheen’s journey towards matrimony began two years ago when they got engaged, and their love story culminated in a private Nikah ceremony in February this year. Now, as they start this new chapter in their lives, Shahid Afridi, affectionately known as Lala, took to social media to express his heartfelt sentiments.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Afridi penned down heartfelt Urdu couplets that beautifully conveyed his emotions:
“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.”
These verses encapsulate the bittersweet moment of a father bidding farewell to his beloved daughter as she embarks on a new journey with her life partner. Alongside these heartfelt words, Afridi shared two photos, showcasing the newlyweds and their special bond.
In one of the pictures, Afridi is seen leaning towards Ansha, his love and pride evident as he watches his daughter embark on this beautiful journey of marriage. Ansha radiates beauty in her intricately-designed red dress, adorned with exquisite gold zardozi and sequin work.
The wedding, held at a private venue in Karachi, garnered immense attention on social media. Guests, including fellow cricketer and Pakistan captain Babar Azam, shared in the joyous celebration. Shaheen, the 23-year-old fast bowler, arrived at the venue with his family, symbolizing the beginning of their new life together.
The rukhsati, a significant moment in Pakistani weddings, was graced by the presence of notable figures from the cricket world, such as former captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Tanveer Ahmed, and Sohail Khan. Their presence added a special charm to the occasion.
While Ansha and Shaheen officially tied the knot seven months ago, the rukhsati was intentionally delayed until September, creating anticipation and excitement among well-wishers. To continue the celebrations, the couple is set to host their valima ceremony in Islamabad on September 21, ensuring that their journey of love continues with warmth and festivities.
As Shahid Afridi and his family celebrate this momentous occasion in their lives, they do so with hearts full of love and blessings for Ansha and Shaheen as they step into the beautiful adventure of marriage.