Cricketer Imran Khan's Biography

Full Name : Imran Khan Niazi
Date Of Birth : November 25, 1952, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Current Age : 56 years 298 days
Major Teams : Pakistan, Dawood Club, Lahore, New South Wales, Oxford University, Pakistan International Airlines, Sussex, Worcestershire
Batting Style : Right-hand Bat
Bowling Style : Right-arm Fast

Career Batting and Fielding Figure :
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 88 126 25 3807 136 37.69 - - 6 18 55 28 0
ODIs 175 151 40 3709 102* 33.41 5105 72.65 1 19 - 36 0
First-class 382 582 99 17771 170 36.79 - - 30 93 - 117 0
List A 425 384 80 10100 114* 33.222 - - 5 - 66 84 0

Career Bowling Figure :

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 88 142 19458 8258 362 8/58 14/116 22.81 2.54 53.7 17 23 6
ODIs 175 153 7461 4844 182 6/14 6/14 26.61 3.89 40.9 3 1 0 First-class 382 - 65224 28726 1287 8/34 - 22.32 2.64 50.6 - 70 13
List A 425 - 19122 11312 507 6/14 6/14 22.31 3.54 37.7 12 6 0

Career statistics :
Test debut England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jun 3-8, 1971
Last Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Faisalabad, Jan 2-7, 1992
ODI debut England v Pakistan at Nottingham, Aug 31, 1974
Last ODI England v Pakistan at Melbourne, Mar 25, 1992
First-class span 1969/70 – 1991/92
List A span 1973 – 1991/92

Cricket Biography
Imran Khan was born to Shaukat Khanum and Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, in Lahore. A quiet and shy boy in his youth, Imran Khan grew up in a middle-class family with four sisters.Settled in Punjab, Imran Khan's father descended from the Pashtun Niazi Shermankhel tribe of Mianwali. His maternal family includes successful cricketers such as Javed Burki and Majid Khan. Imran Khan was educated at Aitchison College, the Cathedral School in Lahore, and the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England, where he excelled at cricket. In 1972, he enrolled to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Keble College, Oxford, where he graduated with a second-class degree in Politics and a third in Economics.

On 16 May 1995, Imran Khan married English socialite Jemima Goldsmith, a convert to Islam, in a two-minute Islamic ceremony in Paris. A month later, on 21 June, they were married again in a civil ceremony at the Richmond register office in England, followed by a reception at the Goldsmiths' house in Surrey. The marriage, described as "tough" by Imran Khan, produced two sons, Sulaiman Isa (born 18 November 1996) and Kasim (born 10 April 1999). As an agreement of his marriage, Khan spent four months a year in England. On 22 June 2004, it was announced that the Khans had divorced because it was "difficult for Jemima to adapt to life in Pakistan".
Imran Khan now resides in Bani Gala, Islamabad, where he built a farmhouse with the money he gained from selling his London flat. He grows fruit trees, wheat, and keeps cows, while also maintaining a cricket ground for his two sons, who visit during their holidays. Imran Khan is also reported to be in regular contact with Tyrian Jade Khan-White, his alleged daughter whom he has never publicly acknowledged.

Imran Khan made a lacklustre first-class cricket debut at the age of sixteen in Lahore. By the start of the 1970s, he was playing for his home teams of Lahore A (1969-70), Lahore B (1969-70), Lahore Greens (1970-71) and, eventually, Lahore (1970-71). Imran Khan was part of Oxford University's Blues Cricket team during the 1973-75 seasons. At Worcestershire, where he played county cricket from 1971 to 1976, he was regarded as only an average medium pace bowler. During this decade, other teams represented by Khan include Dawood Industries (1975-76) and Pakistan International Airlines (1975-76 to 1980-81). From 1983 to 1988, he played for Sussex. In 1971, Imran Khan made his Test cricket debut against England at Birmingham. Three years later, he debuted in the One Day International (ODI) match, once again playing against England at Nottingham for the Prudential Trophy. After graduating from Oxford and finishing his tenure at Worcestershire, he returned to Pakistan in 1976 and secured a permanent place on his native national team starting from the 1976-77 season, during which they faced New Zealand and Australia. Following the Australian series, he toured the West Indies, where he met Tony Greig, who signed him up for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket. His credentials as one of the fastest bowlers of the world started to establish when he finished third at 139.7 km/h in a fast bowling contest at Perth in 1978, behind Jeff Thomson and Michael Holding, but ahead of Dennis Lillee, Garth Le Roux and Andy Roberts. Imran Khan also achieved a Test Cricket Bowling rating of 922 points against India on 30 January 1983. Highest at the time, the performance ranks third on ICC's All Time Test Bowling Rating.

Imran Khan achieved the all-rounder's triple (securing 3000 runs and 300 wickets) in 75 Tests, the second fastest record behind Ian Botham's 72. He is also established as having the second highest all-time batting average of 61.86 for a Test batsman playing at position 6 of the batting order. He played his last Test match for Pakistan in January 1992, against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad. Imran Khan retired permanently from cricket six months after his last ODI, the historic 1992 World Cup final against England at Melbourne, Australia. He ended his career with 88 Test matches, 126 innings and scored 3807 runs at an average of 37.69, including six centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was 136 runs. As a bowler, he took 362 wickets in Test cricket, which made him the first Pakistani and world's fourth bowler to do so. In ODIs, he played 175 matches and scored 3709 runs at an average of 33.41. His highest score remains 102 not out. His best ODI bowling is documented at 6 wickets for 14 runs.

ICC International Cricket Batting Records

Most Runs in a Match :
GA Gooch (Eng.) made 456 runs in a test match 333 runs in 1st inning & 123 runs in 2nd inning against India at Lords in 26 Jul 1990.

Most Runs in a Series :
Sir DG Bradman (Aus.) made 974 runs in 5 test matches (7 innings), avg. 139.14 with 4 centuries (334 highest score) against England in 1990.

Most Runs in a Calendar Year :
Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) made 1788 runs in 11 matches (19 innings), avg. 99.33 (202 highest score) with 9 centuries & 3 fifties in 2006.

Most Runs in a Match on the Losing Side :
BC Lara (WI) made 351 runs (221 & 130 runs) in a lost test match against Sril Lanka in 29 Nov, 2001.

Most Runs in a Day :
Sir DG Bradman (Aus.) made 309 runs at first day of a test match.

Vettori's New Role As A National Selector Will Not Hurt Team : Kyle Mills

New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills doubts that skipper Daniel Vettori's new role as a national selector will harm his relationship with the players.

Vettori and head coach Andy Moles officially became members of the four-man selection panel on Tuesday after New Zealand Cricket (NZC) heeded the duo's desire for a more hands-on role in team selection.

Mills has already had the dreaded talk with Vettori and suggested the skipper's standing among the group would not create problems when the axe fell.

On the eve of the first Test against Australia in Brisbane last November, the fast bowler was told not only did he miss the team, but he was also being sent back to provincial cricket.

"I think that is the hardest thing as a captain. I've been given the word by Dan before on previous tours. In Australia, he came up and told me I'd been dropped from the test side so he's made those gutsy conversations," quoted Vettori, as saying.

"At the end of the day, I'd probably rather hear it from him than someone else I have played a lot of cricket with him from a young age, he's a mate of mine and we still go for a beer," he added.

Kyle Mills was also happy the tour finally had two selectors on board.

The NZC decision to appoint Vettori and Moles alongside convener Glenn Turner and Mark Greatbatch has been highly scrutinised since the announcement on August 23.

There were also fears about how the added responsibility would affect his workload and performance.

When he was appointed, Vettori admitted it could be difficult when he or Moles had to convey bad news.

ICC Seeks To Explore Cricket Specific WADA Code

The International Cricket Council will ask the World Anti-Doping Agency to consider a cricket-specific code for its controversial "whereabouts" rule, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat told Indian media on Thursday.

The influential Indian Cricket Board rejected the WADA directive last month, backing its players' refusal to sign up over security and privacy issues.

The ICC became a WADA signatory in 2006 and world cricket's governing body last year unanimously approved out-of-competition tests on players in accordance with amendments made to the code.

The issue is yet to be resolved and will be discussed by the ICC board in October.

"We will ask them (WADA) for a Cricket Specific Code or a relaxation of the whereabouts clause," Lorgat told DNA newspaper.

"For the time being, we have referred the issue to our executive board. We will take the matter from there. The issues need discussion with a broader range of peoples. The code cannot be country specific."

Asif Should Be Given Time to Return to Form: Younis Khan

Karachi, Aug 31 (IANS) Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan Monday said fast bowler Mohammad Asif, making a comeback after a year-long doping ban, should be given some time to return to form and not burdened with unrealistic expectations.

'He has not played any international level cricket for the last 1.6 year and to expect him to start delivering right away would be a bit unfair,' said Younis.

'It would be better if Mohammad Asif is left alone and given some time to regain his rhythm.'

Asif, 26, was included in Pakistan's 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy in South Africa, despite the fact that he is still serving the ban.

Asif's ban ends Sep 22, the same day the ICC Champions Trophy gets underway in South Africa.

Pakistan's coach Intikhab Alam welcomed the return of the talented fast bowler, saying that he would add a lot of firepower to the team's pace battery.

However, Asif's inclusion has been criticized by several other experts like former pacer Sarfaraz Nawaz and ex-Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas, who believe that he may be too rusty for an international comeback during the Champions Trophy.

Younis, meanwhile, said Pakistan has other reliable fast bowlers to do the job in South Africa.

'We have Umar Gul, who is a world class fast bowler. Then there is the experienced Rana Naved and Rao Iftikhar Anjum, who bowled really well in Sri Lanka. And there is young Mohammad Aamer, who is steadily improving.'