Imran Khan Cricket and Political Career

Imran Khan Profile

Imran Khan Niazi was born on 5 October 1952 in Lahore. Imran educated at Aitchison College (Lahore), then the Royal Grammar School Worcester (Worcester), and later at Keble College (Oxford). He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1992 and Pride of Performance in 1983. He is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf). Before entering politics, he was an international cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. In total, he made 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets in Test cricket, and is one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an ‘All-rounder’s Triple’ in Test matches. During the late 1970s, Khan was one of the pioneers of the reverse swing bowling technique.

Imran Khan Cricket Career

He started playing cricket at age 13 and made his debut for the Pakistan national cricket team at age 18. During the 1973–1975 seasons, Khan was part of the University of Oxford’s Blues Cricket team. He made his home debut for Pakistan in 1976 and played until 1992. Khan reached his peak in 1982 as a fast bowler and attained a Test bowling rating of 922 points playing against India in 1983. Imran achieved the all-rounder’s triple (securing 3000 runs and 300 wickets) in 75 Tests. He also has the second-highest all-time batting average of 61.86 for a Test batsman playing at position 6 in the batting order. Khan retired from cricket in 1992, as one of Pakistan’s most successful players. He ended his career with 88 Test matches, 126 innings and scored 3807 runs at an average of 37.69, including six centuries and 18 fifties. In ODIs, he played 175 games and scored 3709 runs at an average of 33.41 (highest score 102 not out). As a captain, Khan played 48 Test matches, of which Pakistan won 14, 8 lost, and the remaining 26 drawn. He also played 139 ODIs, winning 77, losing 57 and ending one in a tie.

Imran Khan Political Career

He launched a fundraising campaign in 1991 to set up a cancer hospital in memory of his mother. Khan remains a prominent philanthropist and commentator. Khan founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in April 1996, a centrist political party, and became the party’s national leader. In 2002, Khan contested for a seat in the NA (National Assembly) and served as an opposition member from Mianwali until 2007. In 2013 elections, he was again elected to parliament when his party emerged as the second-largest in the country. Khan also served as the chancellor of the University of Bradford between 2005 and 2014. In the 2018 general elections, his party won the most significant number of seats and defeated the ruling PML-N.

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