Cricketers wish Imran Khan the best for his new innings as Pakistan Prime Minister

Cricketers wish Imran Khan the best for his new innings as Pakistan Prime Minister

He became Pakistan's 22nd Honourable Prime Minister of the nation and his oath-taking ceremony took place today in Islamabad.

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan took oath as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan took oath as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Imran Khan was once one of Pakistan’s most efficient cricketers across all the formats. He made his debut back in 1971 and his career spanned a whopping 21 years. He last donned the national colours against England in the final of the 1992 World Cup and made a significant contribution with both bat and ball. Moreover, he led his team to their first championship victory and ended his career on a high.

However, the Lahore-born cricketer resorted to plying his trade in politics thereafter. In 1996, he formed his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and hasn’t backtracked ever since. Recently, the former cricketer contested in the General Elections on July 25 and his party comprehensively came out trumps by defeating Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Initially, it was learned that PTI wasn’t able to garner 137 seats required to bag a majority among 272 seats. However, the party claimed that they reached the desired numbers to form an independent government. Most importantly, he became Pakistan’s 22nd Honourable Prime Minister of the nation and his oath-taking ceremony took place today in Islamabad.

Cricketers wish Imran

Previously, the same was scheduled to take place on August 11 but was eventually postponed. A number of eminent personalities were invited for the auspicious occasion. In the meantime, former Indian cricketers like Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar who played alongside Khan during his playing days, were also invited for the grand event.

While Gavaskar and Kapil declined the invitation, Sidhu went to the country and graced his present in Imran’s oath-taking ceremony. During his stay, he praised Imran with his trademark ‘shayari’ (poems) and then highlighted the importance of maintaining a cordial relationship between the two nations. Meanwhile, a number of cricketers poured their wishes on Imran Khan.

Here is how the cricketing fraternity reacted