Who you gonna call? Shahid Afridi
It's common nowadays for international cricketers to interact with fans via social networking platforms like Twitter. Shahid Afridi has taken it one step further by announcing a special mobile number to stay in touch, and not surprisingly, he was inundated with calls and text messages an hour after the number went live. According to Afridi, he had received as many as 80 calls and 275 messages. He intends to chat regularly with his fans during his spare time. "I have opened an account to keep in touch with my fans around the world and I took this step as hundreds of fans meet me and complain that they can't reach me to show their sentiments," Afridi said. Afridi, who has been a crowd-puller since his Pakistan debut in 1996 at 16, recently opened his official Twitter account and now has over 35,000 followers.
Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here