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Imran Khan
عمران خان

Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Assumed office
25 April 1996
Deputy Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Preceded by Position established
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
11 May 2013
Preceded by Hanif Abbasi
Constituency Constituency NA-56
In office
10 October 2002 â€“ 3 November 2007
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan
Constituency Constituency NA-71
Chancellor of the University of Bradford
In office
7 December 2005 â€“ 2014
Preceded by The Baroness Lockwood
Succeeded by Kate Swann
Personal details
Born Imran Khan Niazi
(1952-10-05) 5 October 1952 (age 64)[1]
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistan
Political party PTI
Spouse(s) Reham Khan (m. 2015–15),
Jemima Khan (m. 1995–2004)
Children 2
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford


Religion Islam
Nickname(s) Kaptaan, IK
Cricket information
Batting style Right hand batsmen (RHB)
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role All-rounder
International information
National side


Test debut (cap 88) 3 June 1971 v England
Last Test 2 January 1992 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 175) 31 August 1974 v England
Last ODI 25 March 1992 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 88 175 382 425
Runs scored 3807 3709 17771 10100
Batting average 37.69 33.41 36.79 33.22
100s/50s 6/18 1/19 30/93 5/66
Top score 136 102* 170 114*
Balls bowled 19458 7461 65224 19122
Wickets 362 182 1287 507
Bowling average 22.81 26.61 22.32 22.31
5 wickets in innings 23 1 70 6
10 wickets in match 6 0 13 0
Best bowling 8/58 6/14 8/34 6/14
Catches/stumpings 28/0 36/0 117/0 84/0

In most of Pakistan it is a feudal country. People are very scared and oppressed by authority. But when you move to these wilder areas, they are not so easily suppressed.
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I am called an Islamic fundamentalist by Rushdie. My critics in Pakistan say I am a Zionist agent. I must be doing something right.
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One is actually the democracy here, you know, people are, people assume that this election means that there is democracy in Pakistan. There is no democracy.
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The future of Indo-Pak cricket will depend on how the peace process goes.
So for us any gain we had in election, one vote that we got, was a win.
Personally I don't think solving corruption is such a big problem.
When I came into politics I always thought there was a possibility I would be killed.
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I have always believed that one should not be scared of losing, I think that really is the key.
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The Westoxified Pakistanis have been selling their souls and killing their own people for a few million dollars.
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What I perceive, is above all justice, where everyone has the same law.
Cricket is a pressure game, and when it comes to an India-Pakistan match the pressure is doubled.
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The team which handles the pressure best, carries the day.
These so-called extremists in Pakistan should be brought into the mainstream; if you marginalize them, you radicalize them.
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I believed in myself. I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player.
A country that relies on aid? Death is better than that. It stops you from achieving your potential, just as colonialism did.
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I want to have a president in the U.S. who tries to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.
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Spirituality does two things for you. One, you are forced to become more selfless, two, you trust to providence. The opposite of a spiritual man is a materialist. If I was a materialist I would be making lots of money doing endorsements, doing cricket commentary. I have no interest in that.
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Win or lose today I am proud of the way my boys have played in the tournament.
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Terrorism is you winning hearts and minds of people.
During my 21 years of playing cricket, I have never been approached by anyone or offered a bribe.
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Win or lose today I am proud of the way my boys have played in the tournament.
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If one area I felt it was a tough election was I couldn't see my young son and I couldn't see my wife a lot, but apart from that for her also it was an experience.
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But ultimately it comes down to how the team performs on the day.
At the moment we have a ruling class that has one law and the people the other.
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But I don't need to use politics as a way of making money.
It's more important to try to do something for the crores of poor people of my country.
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I did not lose this election, or had a bad result compared with what we might have got because of Islam.
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What most people didn't realize in the Western countries is that here its not a question of having supporters, its a question of getting these votes to the polling stations.
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If your house is burning, wouldn't you try and put out the fire?
Cross-cultural marriage is difficult, especially when one person has to live in another country. But I thought there was a very good chance of it working because people grow together if they have a common passion.
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But having set myself these goals, I had to work really hard to achieve them.
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You don't kill your way to peace.
They do not understand Islam, and I think that is one area where perhaps I hope one day I will play a role in actually making people understand what we perceive Islam to be.
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Because I'm anti-war, I've been called pro-Taliban.
Colonialism deprives you of your self-esteem and to get it back you have to fight to redress the balance.
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I have fruit trees. Cows for fresh milk, yoghurt. My own wheat. I'm basically self-sufficient.
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The team that is going to win is the one that does its homework the best by studying its opponents.
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And when the pressure was on us, the team handled it very well. One has to learn to play well under pressure.
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The war on terror is the most insane and immoral war of all time. The Americans are doing what they did in Vietnam, bombing villages. But how can a civilised nation do this? How can you can eliminate suspects, their wives, their children, their families, their neighbours? How can you justify this?
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Pakistan needs to have decentralisation and a good local government system.
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I wanted to be an outstanding player, that was my ambition.
I feel an independent accountability commission should audit all government services.
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In Pakistan politics is hereditary.
People didn't wasn't the People's party to come in to power again, so they saw NS a viable alternative not us, because everyone knew we were not ready.
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There can only be democracy when money is not allowed to be spent in Politics.
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I am basically a private person.
Just give it everything you've got and bowl as fast as possible.
In fact the experience at Oxford has really helped me later in life.
I don't know about whether I thought I would make it this big.