Imran Khan next Pakistan Prime Minister: Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said he will not going to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan’s legendary cricketer and 1992 world cup winning captain Imran Khan as prime minister. The chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf who is promising to build a “Naya Pakistan” has also invited his old friends Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu with whom he shared the cricket pitch many times. While Sunil Gavaskar is not going to attend the ceremony, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu are waiting for government’s clearance to mark the ceremony with their presence.
Former Test greats Imran Khan and Gavaskar shared a same era of cricket, and while leading their respective sides both of them faced each other several times. And that is the reason they have been good friends for a very long time. While speaking to the journalist, Gavaskar confirmed that they both had a conversation regarding the invitation. “Yes, I did speak to Imran. He was asking if I’d be able to make it. I told him that due to the commitments of commentary it is hard to make it possible.
Gavaskar Is not Interested in Imran Khan’s Oath Ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister
But my best wishes are with him” Gavaskar said. He has signed a contract with Sony Pictures Network India, who has the broadcasting rights of ongoing India-England Test series. Three Tests are still to be played in the series and thus, he will stay in England for all the remaining matches. While speaking to media, Gavaskar also added that he knows Imran for a long time. Being a cricketer it is a great moment for the entire cricket community that one of their companions is all set to become the Prime Minister of a nation, and wished him luck for the new responsibility.
“It will be quite a gathering. I wish I could have gone, but unfortunately my commitments do not allow me to do so,” Gavaskar added.
He further said that Imran Khan spent more time in India as compared to the other prime ministers of Pakistan and he met the common man of the country several times at different occasions. Imran Khan understands the Indian point of view very well, as a result, it will help him to build a healthier relationship between India and Pakistan.
When asked by the journalist on a lighter note if he can also emulate Imran in India, he replied with a smile: “No, no chance. That is not for me.” When further asked by the journalist if cricketer can also be a good politician, he replied: “Well, we’ll have to just wait and see”
On the other hand, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu have accepted the invitation to join the oath-taking ceremony. Sidhu is currently a Punjab minister, and he has more than 30 years of association with Imran Khan in cricket as rival and commentary partner. Sidhu, while speaking to media said that he received a personal invitation from Imran Khan. “Khan Saab called me, and invited me for the oath-taking ceremony on Friday” he added.