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Imran Khan invites Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu to Pakistan for oath-taking ceremony

Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to the 1992 Cricket World Cup triumph, emerged as the leader of the single largest party in Pakistan in the recently-concluded general elections.

cricket Updated: Aug 01, 2018 19:00 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Imran Khan,Kapil Dev,Sunil Gavaskar
Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), gives a speech as he declares victory in the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan. (REUTERS)

Pakistan PM elect Imran Khan has extended invitations to former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev to attend his oath taking ceremony.

Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bollywood star Aamir Khan have also been invited for the ceremony.

Imran, who led Pakistan to the 1992 Cricket World Cup triumph, emerged as the leader of the single largest party in Pakistan in the recently-concluded general elections.

The oath-taking ceremony is slated to take place on August 11 and the announcement was made by the leader himself during an interaction with party members of the provincial assembly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Monday.

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Imran’s party The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf bagged 116 general seats, and is 22 short of a simple majority.

It is worth mentioning that Gavaskar had predicted Imran’s ascension to the PM’s post back in 2012 while on commentary with Rameez Raja during the 2012 Asia Cup match between India and Bangladesh.

Gavaskar’s on-air prophecy came as Raja was speaking about the days when he played under Imran Khan’s captaincy.

“When we were playing there was obviously Viv Richards who used to brutalise you by hooking and pulling, then there was Mr. Gavaskar who used to neutralise the likes of Imran Khan by swaying away from the line of the ball. I fielded at short leg and Imran, every now and then, every 10 minutes came up to me and said ‘dekho yeh kaise khelta hai’.”

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Responding to the statement, Gavaskar said: “Be very careful Rambo; who you are mimicking on television, could be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.”

Kapil Dev also extended his congratulations to Imran, saying he hopes Imran will work for Pakistan in the same way he captained the cricket side.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 18:58 IST