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‘I only bowl to my kids’

entertainment Updated: Sep 28, 2012 00:32 IST
Robin Bansal
Robin Bansal
Hindustan Times
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He’s a cricket legend himself, but Imran Khan says his sons Sulaiman Isa, 15, and Kasim, 13, won’t ever play professional cricket. “They love watching and playing cricket. But I don’t think they’ll ever play international cricket,” says the former Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician.

Both his children stay with their mother and Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith in London, while he resides in Bani Gala, Islamabad. But they do visit their father often. “May be if they were growing up here in Pakistan with me, my sons would have been more interested in cricket. Living in London, I don’t think they have the same opportunity that I had while growing up,” he adds.

“They come around five times a year to Pakistan and spend their holidays,” he says, adding, “It’s the only time I do any bowling when my children are here.”

Khan was also ecstatic about director Stevan Riley’s docu film, Fire in Babylon, which hit the Indian screens last week. It’s about the struggles the West Indies cricket team of the 1970s and 1980s faced. “It’s one of the greatest teams and it needed to be put on film... But I think the director should’ve spoken to opponent teams too for their side of the story,” says Khan.