Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi HI PP (Urdu: عمران احمد خان نیازی; born 5 October 1952) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Before entering politics, Khan was an international cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, which he led to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan
18 August 2018
Nasirul Mulk (caretaker)
Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
25 April 1996
Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Member of the National Assembly
13 August 2018
19 June 2013 – 31 May 2018
Sheikh Rashid Shafique
10 October 2002 – 3 November 2007
Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan
Chancellor of the University of Bradford
7 December 2005 – 7 December 2014
The Baroness Lockwood
Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi
5 October 1952 (age 67)
PTI Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
(m. 1995; div. 2004)
(m. 2015; div. 2015)
Bushra Bibi (m. 2018)
Emma Sergeant (1982–1986)
Sita White (1987–1991)
Kristiane Backer (1992–1994)
Keble College, Oxford
(B.A. in PPE)
₨1.68 million (US$12,000)
₨1.4 billion (US$9.9 million)
Pride of Performance
6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Test debut (cap 88)
3 June 1971 v England
2 January 1992 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 175)
31 August 1974 v England
25 March 1992 v England
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 88 175 382 425
Runs scored 3,807 3,709 17,771 10,100
Batting average 37.69 33.41 36.79 33.22
100s/50s 6/18 1/19 30/93 5/66
Top score 136 102* 170 114*
Balls bowled 19,458 7,461 65,224 19,122
Wickets 362 182 1287 507
Bowling average 22.81 26.61 22.32 22.31
5 wickets in innings 23 1 70 6
10 wickets in match 6 0 13 0
Best bowling 8/58 6/14 8/34 6/14
Catches/stumpings 28/– 36/– 117/– 84/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 5 November 2014
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Khan was born to a landowning Pashtun family of Mianwali in Lahore in 1952; he was educated at Aitchison College in Lahore, then the Royal Grammar School Worcester in Worcester, and later at Keble College, Oxford. He started playing cricket at age 13, and made his debut for the Pakistan national cricket team at age 18, during a 1971 Test series against England. After graduating from Oxford, he made his home debut for Pakistan in 1976, and played until 1992. He also served as the team’s captain intermittently between 1982 and 1992, notably leading Pakistan to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan’s first and only victory in the 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. After retiring, he faced scandal after admitting to tampering with the ball with a bottle top in his youth. In 2003, he became a coach in Pakistan’s domestic cricket circuit, and in 2010, he was 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 a hospital in Lahore in 1994, and set up a second hospital in Peshawar in 2015. Khan remains a prominent philanthropist and commentator, having expanded the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital to also include a research centre, and founded Namal College in 2008. Khan also served as the chancellor of the University of Bradford between 2005 and 2014, and was the recipient of an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians in 2012.
In April 1996, Khan founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (lit: Pakistan Movement for Justice), 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 served as the parliamentary leader of the party and led the third-largest block of parliamentarians in the National Assembly from 2013 to 2018. His party also led a coalition government in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.In the 2018 general elections, his party won the largest number of seats and defeated the ruling PML-N, bringing Khan to premiership and the PTI into federal government for the first time.
Khan remains a popular public figure and is the author of, among other publications, Pakistan: A Personal History.