Cricket hero-turned-politician likely to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan
Pakistan’s World Cup winning captain Imran Khan inched closer to getting into power on Thursday after Pakistan voted for a general election.
With nearly half the votes counted from Wednesday’s election, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice is leading the fray.
Khan was awarded the ‘All-rounder’s Triple’ for securing 3000 runs and taking 300 wickets in 75 Tests.
He’s the second fastest record behind Ian Botham’s 72 Tests. He also has the second highest all-time batting average of 61.86 playing at position 6.
Back in January 1992, he played his last Test match against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad. After the historic 1992 World Cup final against England in Melbourne, Australia, he retired permanently from international cricket. Now, he is contesting the general elections in Pakistan and is leading in the early count of votes.
So finally, Imran Khan as Prime Minister? Have admired him enormously as a cricketer and as a cricket captain. Will be interesting to see how he leads a nation.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 26, 2018
22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles and sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM. It’s an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief & refusal to accept defeat. The challenge now is to remember why he entered politics in the 1st place. Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI
— Jemima Goldsmith (@Jemima_Khan) July 26, 2018
KHAN’S POLITICAL JOURNEY
Imran founded the party in 1996, four years after retiring from international cricket. Said to enjoy the support of Pakistani Army. “It is the Pakistan Army and not an enemy army,” he said. “I will carry the army with me.”
Khan also has supported the blasphemy law.
RESUME INDO-PAK BILATERAL SERIES: KHAN
“A cricket series between the two countries will be a great affair. This will benefit cricket boards of both,” said Imran Khan.
He said that as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was already financially stable, a series would be more beneficial for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“We are not short of talent in cricket but we need to inject money into the sport at the grassroots level and boost the condition of domestic players and improve our domestic system,” he said.
In 88 Test matches and 126 innings, he scored 3807 runs at an average rate of 37.69, including 6 centuries and 18 fifties. As a bowler, he took 362 wickets in Test cricket, making him the first Pakistani and world’s fourth bowler to do so. He played 175 matches and scored 3709 runs at an average of 33.41 in ODIs. Back in 1991, he launched a fundraising campaign in order to set up a cancer hospital in memory of his mother. In 2010, he was inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
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