Born In: Lahore, Punjab, 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.
Also Known As: Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi
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
political ideology: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Notable Alumni: Aitchison College, Keble College, Oxford
City: Lahore, Pakistan
education: Keble College, Oxford, Aitchison College
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
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.
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.
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.
In February 2018, he married his spiritual advisor Bushra Manika.
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