Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan was sworn in as the country’s Prime Minister on Saturday.
Imran’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party emerged as the single largest party in the July national elections but fell short of a majority. It formed the government with the help of independents.
Khan – who led the team to the 1992 World Cup win – took oath on Saturday, a day after being elected by lawmakers in the national assembly.
Former India cricketers Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Sidhu were invited for the ceremony. Out of the three, only Sidhu – currently a state minister in the Punjab government – was present at the event after Gavaskar and Dev turned down the invite.
Sidhu reached Lahore after crossing the Wagah border. The former opener, currently a minister in the Indian state of Punjab, was invited to the ceremony by Imran along with former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.
Gavaskar refused to attend the event stating commentary commitments for the England-India series while the reason behind Dev’s absence was unclear.
“I have come to Pakistan as a friend, not as a politician,” Sidhu said upon his arrival in Pakistan. “Imran Khan knows how to transform weaknesses into strengths,” he added.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday.
BREAKING: Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu reached #Lahore via #WaghaBorder, will attend the oath-taking ceremony of #PrimeMinister -in-waiting #ImranKhan#Sidhu #Pakistan #IndoPak #India @ArifAlvi @ImranIsmailPTI @ImranKhanPTI pic.twitter.com/QIabEahmmf— The Times of Karachi (@TOKCityOfLights) August 17, 2018
Former opener Nasir Jamshed was banned by the Pakistan board for 10 years on Friday on multiple charges of spot-fixing. The decision brought an end to a 16-month investigation into the fixing scandal that rocked the Pakistan Super League.
Jamshed was described as the ‘lynchpin’ of the scandal that tarnished the image of the Twenty20 tournament in only its second year in 2017.
“Today’s decision against Jamshed wraps up the fixing saga and the tribunal has banned him for ten years on multiple charges,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi said in a footage shared by the PCB on Twitter.
Jamshed was earlier banned for 12 months in December last year after he was found guilty of not co-operating with a tribunal investigating allegations of spot-fixing.
"We can say that as far as cricket is concerned and within PCB’s jurisdiction, Nasir Jamshed played a pivotal role in this whole case and this is why he has been given a 10-year ban" : PCB legal advisor #Cricket pic.twitter.com/7VYW7Vhoux— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) August 17, 2018
This year he faced five more charges related to fixing. According to Rizvi, it was “a matter of sadness that another player has spoiled his career.”
Opener Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz have also been given bans of varying lengths.
Jamshed played two Tests, 48 ODIs and 18 Twenty20s for Pakistan. He hit three consecutive one-day centuries against India in 2012.
His career came to standstill during the 2015 World Cup where he was found to be overweight.
Jamshed and his lawyer Hasan Warraich rejected the charges. Rizvi said Jamshed will not be allowed to hold any office even after the expiry of his ban.