Former Pakistan captain and World Cup winner Imran Khan has received a parliamentary vote, confirming him as the following prime minister of Pakistan. Following the success of his occasion, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice), in elections throughout the nation final month, his election to the highest political job was imminent. He beat the rival candidate, Shehbaz Sharif, by 176 votes to 96.
All that is still earlier than Imran formally takes over as prime minister is an inauguration ceremony, to be held on Saturday. Initially, Imran had grand plans for the occasion, wanting it to be a celebration that prolonged past the political nature of the event, and hoped to ask quite a lot of his cricketing contemporaries from India. Invitations had been being mooted for, amongst others, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Sidhu. However, Imran backtracked later, choosing a extra “austere” ceremony. Sidhu, who had known as Imran a “pure soul who led from the front” after the elections, might be current although.
Imran’s dovish remarks about India because the elections might have given long-suffering followers on either side of the border hope that cricketing ties between the 2 international locations could also be nearer to resuming. Political tensions have meant India and Pakistan haven’t performed any bilateral cricket since Pakistan toured India in 2012 for 2 T20Is and three ODIs, whereas the final time they performed a Test match was again in 2007. The subsequent fixture between the 2, nonetheless, is mere weeks away – a bunch stage tie on the Asia Cup within the UAE in September.
Since retiring from cricket after profitable the World Cup in 1992, Imran has more and more turned his consideration to politics. He fashioned his personal political occasion in 1996, nevertheless it wasn’t till 15 years later in 2011 that he emerged as a critical political pressure. His occasion was one of many major opposition forces after the 2013 elections, when Nawaz Sharif grew to become prime minister.
Now, with Imran lastly ascending to the job he has eyed for over twenty years, there may very well be important adjustments afoot in Pakistan, significantly so far as cricket is anxious. He has a famously poor relationship with the present chairman of the PCB, Najam Sethi, who he has repeatedly accused through the years of serving to Nawaz Sharif unjustly win the elections in 2013. With the prime minister allowed – in keeping with the PCB structure – to vary the PCB chairman if he so wishes, Sethi’s days on the helm of the PCB may very well be numbered.