Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman’s Instagram account hacked and put up for sale

It was in the early morning of September 1, that Zaman’s fans noticed something wrong with his Instagram account.

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman has been targeted by some miscreants on social media, as his Instagram account was hacked recently and much damage was done on his account by them. Zaman is currently engaged in playing T20 Blast for Glamorgan in England and has scored one fifty in seven matches so far.

Zaman has been hailed as one of the best modern-era batsmen by his countrymen. He is the first Pakistani to score a double hundred in ODI matches, a score of 210* which came against Zimbabwe and since then has been able to take the world by storm with his aggressive batting. The left-hander has 1828 runs in 44 ODI matches with 4 centuries and an average of 45.70 and strike rate of 96.21.


Zaman’s Instagram account hacked; all photos deleted

It was in the early morning of September 1, that Zaman’s fans noticed something wrong with his Instagram account (fakharzaman719), as all of his photos were nowhere to be seen and instead some random photos were uploaded onto his account. One photo even said that the account was for sale, which can be disastrous for the batsman, as he has over 175K followers on the social media platform.

The story was also posted on Reddit as well, where a photo with an account on sale posted on it. Zaman’s Pakistani teammate Shaheen Shah Afridi took to Twitter and asked Instagram to restore the account of the batsman, whom he said was the pride of Pakistan and many youngsters look up to him and see him as a role model.

Afridi tweeted, “Hi @instagram, the insta account of Pakistan National pride & cricket player, Fakhar Zaman has been hacked. His insta account is FakharZaman719 and its verified. A lot of people look up to him. Can you please look into this and help him in getting it back? Many thanks!”

This is not the first time an international cricketer’s Instagram was hacked. Last year in February, Indian left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav fell victim to a hacker as his Instagram account was hacked as well and some unsolicited photos were uploaded onto the account. After getting his page restored, Kuldeep had to take to Twitter to apologize for the mishap. Before him, India’s first and only individual Olympic gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra’s social media account was disturbed by hackers.