Cricket and Bollywood cross paths at regular intervals in India. But it's not often that the two worlds meet outside the country. So it was a happy coincidence when Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan met up at Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Monday.
The all-rounder uploaded pictures of the meeting on his social networking site and it became an instant hit.
The duo also met Maulana Tariq Jamil, one of Pakistan’s most influential clerics, in Mecca. Pakistani former singer Junaid Jamshed and Shahid Afridi's brother were also believed to have been present.
Aamir, who left Mumbai for the holy Hajj pilgrimage along with his mother Zeenat Hussain on October 19 is on a 14-day pilgrimage. Aamir is expected to return to India from the pilgrimage on November 3. Apart from visiting Mecca, Aamir will aslo visit the city of Medina, burial place of the Prophet Muhammad.
Afridi left for Saudi Arabia on Sunday after playing the first cricket match between Pakistan All Star XI and International World XI. The dashing all-rounder led Pakistan XI while former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya led the International XI.