|Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf|
25 April 1998
|Deputy||Shah Mehmood Qureshi|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Member of the National Assembly|
11 May 2013
|Preceded by||Hanif Abbasi|
10 October 2002 – 3 November 2007
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Succeeded by||Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan|
|Chancellor of the University of Bradford|
7 December 2005 – 2014
|Preceded by||The Baroness Lockwood|
|Succeeded by||Kate Swann|
|Born||Imran Khan Niazi
5 October 1952 (age 64)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Spouse(s)||Reham Khan (m. 2015–15),
Jemima Khan (m. 1995–2004)
|Alma mater||Keble College, Oxford|
|Batting style||Right hand batsmen (RHB)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast|
|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|
|Source: ESPNCricinfo, 5 November 2014|
Imran Khan Niazi (born 5 October 1952), is a Pakistani politician, former cricketer, and philanthropist. He is the current Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, a political party. Prior to entering politics, he played international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century.
Khan was born to a Pashtun family in Lahore and educated at Aitchison, Worcester and later at the Keble College, Oxford. Khan started playing cricket at the age of 13. Initially playing for his college and later for the Worcestershire Cricket Club, he made his debut for Pakistan at the age of 18 during the 1971 English series at Birmingham. After graduating from Oxford, Khan joined Pakistan’s national cricket team in 1976, and played until 1992. Khan also served as the team’s captain intermittently throughout 1982–1992. He, notably, led Pakistan to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan’s first and only victory in that competition.
Khan retired from cricket in 1992 as one of Pakistan’s most successful players. In total he made 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets in Test cricket, and is one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an ‘All-rounder‘s Triple’ in Test matches. He was later, in 2010, inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
In 1991, he launched a fundraising campaign to set up a cancer hospital in memory of his mother. He raised $25 million to set up the first hospital in Lahore in 1994, and later in 2015 a second hospital in Peshawar. Khan remains a prominent philanthropist and commenter, and served as the chancellor of Bradford University between 2005 and 2014. He was the recipient of an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physiciansin 2012.
In April 1996, Khan founded the Pakistan Movement for Justice (PTI), a centrist political party, and became the party’s national leader. Khan contested for a seat in the National Assembly in October 2002 and served as an opposition member from Mianwali until 2007. He was again elected to the parliament in the 2013 elections, when his party emerged as the second largest in the country by popular vote. Khan serves as the parliamentary leader of PTI, hence leading the third largest block of parliamentarians in the National Assembly since 2013. His party won the militancy-hit North West province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has seen the most progress on human development of Pakistani provinces, according to the World Bank.