Renowned Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi, commonly known as ‘Boom Boom Afridi’, met Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Sunday, but is not joining the party, reported Express News.
Earlier, there were reports of Afridi joining the PML-N, but the cricketer said that he had only gone to pay condolences on the death of Nawaz's brother.
Afridi said that Nawaz also used to phone him when his father was sick.
He said that he has no inclinations towards politics and one does not need to be a politician to serve the masses. He also expressed his desire of constructing a hospital and a school in his village.
On Saturday, another celebrity, ‘One Pound Fish’ man Shahid Nazir had joined the PML-N. Nazir said that he had joined politics for the poor people of the country and for the poor state of education.
Other cricketers turned politicians
The most famous cricketer-turned-politician in Pakistan has been Imran Khan, who formed his own political party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
In 2011, former test cricketer Sarfaraz Nawaz had joined the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
Amir Sohail was another cricketer who had joined the PML-N during 2008 elections.