Imran Khan Biography

(22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan)
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Birthday: October 5, 1952 (Libra)

Born In: Lahore, Pakistan

Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi is a Pakistani former cricketer and politician, who served as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. He became an inspiration to youngsters for his achievements in cricket. He rose to popularity with his amazing talent as one of the finest cricketers Pakistan has ever produced. His journey of transforming from the biggest heartthrob of cricket to an influential politician is highly impressive and motivating. He is credited for leading Pakistan to its first ever Cricket World Cup title in 1992, which made him the most successful cricket captain of Pakistan. This champion cricketer surprised the world as an exceptional fast bowler and a great all-rounder, making the game of cricket more popular in his country. He retired from cricket in 1992 and entered politics by forming his own party – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice). He established the first cancer hospital, in Lahore, after losing his mother to the deadly disease. He is involved in raising funds for various health and educational projects. In the 2018 general election, his political party (Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf) emerged as the largest party and formed a coalition government with the support of independents. Khan served as the prime minister of Pakistan from 2018 to 2022. 

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Also Known As: Imran Khan Niazi

Age: 69 Years, 69 Year Old Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Bushra Maneka (m. 2018), Jemima Khan (m. 1995–2004), Reham Khan (m. 2015–2015)

father: Ikramullah Khan Niazi

mother: Shaukat Khanum

siblings: Aleema Khanum, Rani Khanum, Rubina Khanum, Uzma Khanum

children: Qasim Khan, Sulaiman Khan

Born Country: Pakistan

Quotes By Imran Khan Cricketers

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males

political ideology: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

City: Lahore, Pakistan

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awards: 1976 - The Cricket Society Wetherall Award for being the leading all-rounder in English first-class cricket
1983 - Wisden Cricketer of the Year
1983 - Pride of Performance Award

1985 - Sussex Cricket Society Player of the Year
1990 - Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year
1992 - Hilal-i-Imtiaz
2004 - Asian Jewel Lifetime Achievement Award
2007 - Asian Sports Humanitarian Award for his efforts in setting up the first cancer hospital in Pakistan
2012 - Asia Society's Person of the Year

Childhood & Personal Life
Imran Khan Niazi was born on October 5, 1952, in Lahore, into a well-off Pashtun family to Ikramullah Khan Niazi and Shaukat Khanam.

He attended the English-medium Aitchison College, Lahore, and went to the Royal Grammar School Worcester, England, to pursue higher studies.

He graduated in philosophy, politics and economics from Keble College, University of Oxford, in 1975. Hailing from a cricketing family, he played the game as a teenager in Pakistan and continued the same in England.

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Cricket Career

Imran Khan made his test debut in the 1971 Pakistan-England series at Birmingham, but failed to make a mark due to his not-so-good performance.

In 1974, he made his One Day International (ODI) debut in the Prudential Trophy and was selected in the national team after returning to Pakistan.

His splendid performance against New Zealand and Australia during 1976-77 made him a prominent fast bowler in Pakistan during the 1980s.

He was chosen as the captain of Pakistan cricket team in 1982. He performed stupendously as a fast bowler and all-rounder, leading his team to its first Test victory against England, at Lord’s, after 28 years.

Under his captaincy, Pakistan won 14 out of 48 test matches, losing 8 and 26 resulting in a draw. In the ODI format, he played 139 matches, with 77 wins and 57 losses, while one match was a tie.

A stress fracture in his shin kept him away from cricket for two years. He returned and gave Pakistan its first ever Test series win against India in 1987, followed by a Test series win in England.

He retired from Cricket in 1987, but returned in 1988, upon Pakistan President General Zia-ul-Haq’s request. He won a Test series against the West Indies and was declared ‘Man of the Series’ for his 23-wicket haul in 3 tests.

The 1992 Cricket World Cup proved to be the zenith of Imran Khan's successful career, as he led his country to victory in the coveted championship.

He retired from cricket in 1992, with 3807 runs and 362 wickets in tests and 3709 runs and 182 wickets in ODI.
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Imran Khan entered politics in 1997 by setting up his own party ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’ (PTI), as an initiative to eradicate mismanagement and corruption in Pakistan.

He contested in October 2002 elections and was elected as a Member Parliament from Mianwali.
In 2008, he founded Namal College, an associate college of the University of Bradford and established the 'Imran Khan Foundation.'
During the 2013 election campaign, he started ‘Naya Pakistan Resolution’, after which his party posed a threat to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
He rejected an offer to collaborate with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
He injured his head and back upon tumbling from a stage during a campaign rally, four days prior to elections and continued to vote appeal from the hospital but his party lost to the PML-N.
In the 2018 Pakistan general elections, Imran's party won the largest number of seats defeating the ruling PML-N. He took oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18, 2018.
His views on cricket have been published in different British and Asian newspapers and Indian publications, including Outlook, Guardian, Independent, and Telegraph.
He is actively involved with commentary on cricket matches for various sports networks, like Star TV, BBC Urdu, and TEN Sports.
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Records & Achievements
He became the hero of Pakistan in 1992 when he accomplished his greatest success winning the first ODI Cricket World Cup for Pakistan, defeating England in the finals, at Melbourne, despite suffering from a ruptured shoulder cartilage.
This all-rounder’s triple in 75 tests, comprising of 3000 runs and 300 wickets, is said to be the second fastest record behind English player Ian Botham’s 72.
His world records as a captain include most wickets, best bowling strike rate and best bowling average in test, and best bowling figures (8 wickets for 60 runs).
Awards
He received ‘The Cricket Society Wetherall Award’ for being the leading all-rounder in English first-class cricket, in 1976 and 1980.
He was honored with the ‘Sussex Cricket Society Player of the Year’ award in 1985.
He was awarded the second highest civilian award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, from the Government of Pakistan.
In 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asian Jewels Awards, London, towards his support for various charity programmes.
He was given the Humanitarian Award at the 2007 Asian Sports Awards, in Kuala Lumpur, for setting up the first cancer hospital in Pakistan.
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He received the special silver jubilee award, along with other cricket legends, at the inaugural Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Awards, in Karachi, in 2009.
In 2009, he was inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame, as part of its centennial year celebration.
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh awarded him an honorary fellowship, towards his efforts for cancer treatment in Pakistan, in 2012.
He was declared ‘Person of the Year 2012’ by Asia Society and listed at #3 in the ‘top nine world leaders’ by GlobalPost.
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Personal Life & Legacy
He married English socialite Jemima Goldsmith in a traditional Islamic ceremony in Paris, in May 1995, who converted to Islam before marriage. The couple re-married in a civil ceremony in Richmond, after a month. They have two sons – Sulaiman Isa (1996) and Kasim (1999). The couple ended their nine-year old marriage in June 2004, citing difficulties in adapting to the Pakistani life, by Jemima, as the reason.
His decision to foray into full-fledged politics struck his marriage, resulting in attacks by his opponents on the pretext of being related to Zionists, since Jemima’s father was a Jewish.
In January 2015, he married British-Pakistani divorcee Reham Khan, a former BBC weather girl, in a secret ceremony at his residence in Islamabad, despite objections from his own family. The marriage was short-lived and the two of them divorced in October 2015

In February 2018, he married his spiritual advisor Bushra Manika.

Trivia
This cricket legend belongs to a cricketing family, which has produced successful cricketers, like Javed Burki and Majid Khan, both being Oxford pass-outs and captains of Pakistan national team.

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