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“Imran Khan is indisputably the greatest cricketer to emerge from Pakistan … He took a mediocre side and transformed them into world-beaters, leading them to the World Cup title in 1992” ESPN Cricinfo
Imran Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and educated there, where he proved to be a fine cricketer and made his first-class test debut for Lahore at the age of sixteen. Imran was selected for the Pakistan cricket team in 1970, where he soon made a permanent place for himself. During the Seventies, Imran became a world-class all-rounder and was rewarded with the captaincy of the Pakistani cricket team in 1981. He was declared international cricketer of the year in 1989-90 and led Pakistan to numerous victories all over the world. Imran Khan once said to his team before playing the match, “I would like my team to play like a cornered tiger, when it is at its most dangerous”. And Pakistan did play like one and brought back 1992 Cricket World Cup with pride.
In his world cup winning speech he said, “I am proud that in the twilight of my career I finally managed to win a World Cup” & “Winning this world cup I am sure will go a long way in helping complete one of my obsessions which is to build a cancer hospital”
This is then what he did; in order to fulfil his obsession he went out to every street, every corner, every college and school; not only of Pakistan but around the world. I still remember Imran Khan came to my school and kids were lined to shake hand with him. At last in on 29 December 1994, just within 2 years of historic win he was able to cut the read ribbon of “Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre” named after his deceased mother who died of cancer. From cricketing hero, Imran Khan has turned into most loved social worker.
But this was not the end of his achievements; this was not enough to fulfil his dream of successful and Prosperous Pakistan. During this struggle he joined the feild of politics and started Movement of Justice, famously known as “Tahreek-e-Insaaf”. His struggle for justice came to lime light when he with his party marched on street of Pakistan for freedom of Justice; and was eventually successful in 2007.
His political business didn’t hinder with his obsession of social working; and he put another marvel by the name of “Namal College” in remote area of Mianwali in Pakistan. Thus providing highest standards of education to needy without greed.
In 1992, Khan was given Pakistan’s civil award, the “Hilal-i-Imtiaz”. He had received the “President’s Pride of Performance Award” in 1983. Khan is featured in the University of Oxford’s Hall of Fame and has been an honorary fellow of Oxford’s Keble College. On 7 December 2005, Khan was appointed the fifth Chancellor of the University of Bradford, where he is also a patron of the Born in Bradford research project.
In 1976 as well as 1980, he was awarded The Cricket Society Wetherall Award for being the leading all-rounder in English first-class cricket. He was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1983, Sussex Cricket Society Player of the Year in 1985, and the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1990. Khan is currently placed at Number 8 on the all-time list of the ESPN Legends of Cricket. On 5 July 2008, he was one of several veteran Asian cricketers presented special silver jubilee awards at the inaugural Asian cricket Council (ACC) award ceremony in Karachi.
On 8 July 2004, Khan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Asian Jewel Awards in London, for acting as a figurehead for many international charities and working passionately and extensively in fund-raising activities. On 13 December 2007, Khan received the Humanitarian Award at the Asian Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur for his efforts in setting up the first cancer hospital in Pakistan.. In 2009, at International Cricket Council’s centennial year celebration, Khan was one of fifty-five cricketers inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
He has also authored many books, namely Imran Khan’s cricket skill, Imran: The autobiography of Imran Khan, Indus Journey: A Personal View of Pakistan, All Round View and Warrior Race: A Journey through the Land of the Tribal Pathans.
Due to all of his dreams, achievements and on going struggles; the youth of Pakistan consider Imran Khan as their mentor, leader and the biggest HERO.
At time of political turmoil, high-rising food prices and insecurity, cricket gave a reason to Pakistanis to wake up as One United Nation.
On 30th march Pakistan and India played semi-final match of cricket world cup. Indian playing first gave achievable score of 260, but Pakistani team with its misfortunes and mistake failed to complete the targeted score loosing its team members at 231.
Even thought we lost but Pakistani cricket team united all of us when 18 crore Pakistanis cheered and prayed together for the success of our country.
I pray this day comes again and again in history of every nation, whether its coz of a game or any other reason.
Long Live Pakistan!!