WEB DESK: Despite not being the national game of Pakistan, cricket is followed in the country with a passion and cricket players are its soul. The players are cherished in Pakistan just as India worships its Bollywood celebrities.
Here is a list of most popular cricketers in Pakistan on social media.
Wasim Akram is the king of swing!
Wasim Akram is the most popular Pakistani cricket player on social media with 1.8 million followers on Twitter. Over a 19-year international career, he took wickets all over the world, in Tests and ODIs, with a consistency that was mind-boggling.
Although he has retired from playing cricket, he has always remained in the cricket arena. He is currently the co-ambassador of Pakistan Super League which will start in February in 2016.
Malik stands second in popularity with 608k followers on Twitter. He recently announced his retirement from test to spend more time with family. He is married to Indian Tennis player Sania Mirza. He is currently playing for Bangladesh Premier League.
Ahmed Shahzad, The selfie king
Shahzad is commonly known as the selfie king. He made his One Day International and T20 debut for Pakistan in April 2009 against Australia, which makes him a new player as compared to other players in the list. He recently got married in September this year. He has been into a few skirmishes due to his alleged attitude problem.
Shahid Afridi, Lala of the Pakistani cricket
Shahid Khan Afridi is known for his temper on and off the field. Although he often fails to materialize his talent on field by knocking out at duck most of the time, he makes it to number four on our list with 486 thousand followers on twitter. But the fact remains, when he is on the field there is hope for Pakistan’s win.
Saeed Ajmal, the Magician
Saeed Ajmal is away from international cricket but he has proved his mettle in cricket by performing outclass in T20 format. He is known for his bowling style ‘dusra’
Muhammad Hafeez is nicknamed ‘professor’ in cricket due to his serious behavior. He stands at fifth with 356 thousand followers on twitter. He recently joined BPL in which several other Pakistani players are also playing.
Wahab Riaz is the underrated fast bowler who took 5 wickets against England on his Test debut in 2010 but his popularity on social media out shone others with 316 thousands followers.
Akmal stands at number seven in the popularity race with 279 thousand followers on twitter. The batsman and former wicket keeper has been in and out of scandals regarding his attitude and issues with violation of code of conduct.
Sarafraz Ahmed rose to fame with his talent in wicket keeping. He has been ranked among the team of 2015 by International Cricket Council (ICC) this year but his popularity yet has to reach the sky with standing on number eight with 161 thousand followers on twitter.
This comes as a surprise, as Akhtar’s name has been among the legendary players but he does not have much fan following on Twitter.
*The list included cricketers with official verified accounts on twitter