How Imran Khan went from Pakistan cricket legend to political heavyweight – Live News 24

CRICKET legend Imran Khan became famous across the world in the 1980s as the inspirational heart-throb captain of the Pakistan national team  Now, the sporting icon his nation’s Prime Minister – here is his story. Who is Imran Khan?  Imran Khan was born on October 5, 1952, in Lahore, Punjab, but was educated in Britain, attending the Royal Grammar School Worcester and Oxford University  He excelled as a cricketer in his school days and made his first-class debut in Lahore at the tender age of 16  Khan made his Pakistan debut in England in 1971, the same year the hard-hitting all-rounder began a five-year stint with Worcestershire  After graduating from Oxford in 1976 he returned to Pakistan and became an integral part of the international side after developing into one of the world’s fastest bowlers  During the early 1980s Khan was unstoppable, his nation’s talisman with bat and ball, and secured the all-rounder’s double of 3000 runs and 300 wickets in 75 Tests – only Ian Botham has done it quicker  He became captain of the international team in 1982 at the age of 30, and led Pakistan in 48 Test matches, inspiring his side to their first ever win at Lords  By the time he retired in 1992, Khan had scored 3807 Test runs at an average of 37 69 and 362 wickets at 22.81, writing himself into the history books as one of the sport’s true legends What was the Pakistan election result?  Following his retirement from cricket Khan became heavily involved in philanthropy, leading major fundraising efforts to found two hospitals in Pakistan  From philanthropy he then moved into politics, founding the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice) party, becoming its national leader  He was elected to the National Assembly in 2002, serving until 2007, and was re-elected in 2013 when his party emerged as the second largest in Pakistan  The nation went to the polls for its general elections on July 25, with Khan standing as the main opposition against the PML-Party of the jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  However, the day was marred by a horrific suicide bomb attack outside a polling station in Quetta, which left dozens dead  Khan has declared victory in the country’s general election and vowed to build a “new Pakistan”  On the evening of July 27, 2018, his party emerged as the single largest in Pakistan’s parliamentary polls, bagging 114 of the 272 seats being contested  Khan fell short of a majority so had to gain the support of smaller parties or independents to form a government He became Prime Minister on August 17.  He has stated he wanted to maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia  Khan has also hit out at the US sanctions against Iran, saying they are also affecting his country  He stated: “The last thing the Muslim World needs is another conflict. The Trump administration is moving towards that direction ”  Khan has also prioritised close links with China. When did Prince William and Kate Middleton meet Imran Khan?  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had lunch with Pakistan’s Prime Minster on October 15, 2019, on their first full day of engagements during their royal tour  Former international cricketing star Mr Khan was a friend of William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales  Diana visited a cancer hospital in Lahore as a guest of Mr Khan and his then wife, Jemima Goldsmith, in May 1997 – just three months before she died  Following a private lunch with Mr Khan, the couple will attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, where the duke is expected to make a speech  In his address, William is expected to say that the UK will continue to support the Commonwealth country as a “key partner and friend” during a visit which hopes to strengthen ties between the two nations  “We share unique bonds and so it will always be in our best interests for Pakistan to succeed,” the duke is expected to say  “You can always rely on the UK to keep playing an important role as a key partner and friend ” When was Imran Khan married to Jemima Goldsmith?  Khan tied the knot with journalist, TV producer and campaigner Jemima Goldsmith in Paris in 1995  They were married for nine years and had two sons together before divorcing in 2004  He entered his short-lived second marriage with British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan in January 2015, but they filed for divorce before the end of the year  Then in February 2018, the cricket legend and politician announced that he had married his spiritual advisor Bushra Manika, following years of rumours and reports about the pair  Goldsmith tweeted her support for Khan, writing on July 25: “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.”

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