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IMRAN KHAN, Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi; born November 25, 1952) in Lahore is a Pakistani former cricketer turned politician. Imran played Test cricket for Pakistan between 1971 and 1992, and was captain of the national team when they won their maiden World Cup in 1992.

Imran is from the Niazi Pashtun tribe. His family is settled in Punjab, however, he still considers himself and his heritage Pashtun (Pathan) as per his autobiography (Warrior Race: A Journey Through the Land of the Tribal Pathans). [1] Imran attended Aitchison College in Lahore until he finished middle school, then entered the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, before completing his formal schooling with an undergraduate degree in economics from Keble College, Oxford. While at University, Imran was also the captain of the Oxford University cricket team in 1974. He comes from a cricketing family, with two of his cousins Javed Burki and Majid Khan also having played Test cricket for Pakistan.

Imran Khan took over the captaincy of the Pakistan team from Javed Miandad in early 1982. Many who thought that this would adversely affect his cricket as had happened to Ian Botham, were sceptical about this move. But as was the case when he captained Oxford University, the extra responsibility helped him take his performances to a higher level. His first year as the captain was the peak of his career as a fast bowler as well as an all-rounder. Imran topped both the bowling and batting averages against England in the three Test series in 1982, taking 21 wickets and averaging 56 with the bat. Later the same year, he devastated the formidable Indian batting on the flat Pakistani wickets by taking 40 wickets in six Tests at an average of 13.95. By the end of the series against India in 1982-83, Imran had taken 88 wickets in 13 Test matches over a period of one year. His career took a severe blow towards the end of the Test series against India, as he suffered from a stress fracture in the shin which kept him out of cricket for more than two years. An experimental treatment funded by the Pakistan Government helped him recover by the end of 1984 and he made a successful comeback to international cricket in the later part of the 1984-85 season. Between 1985 and 1992, Imran led Pakistan to its first series win in England and India, as well as to three creditable draws against the West Indies. He was declared the "man of the series" for the series wins in England and India, as well as two of the drawn series against the West Indies, further strengthening his image of reaching his peak against the strongest opposition. As a captain Imran's focus was on taking a lot of responsibility on himself or "leading from the front" as he described it, thereby setting standards for others to follow. This was contrary to the widely accepted norm of a good captain being more of a strategic planner, like England's Mike Brearley. His approach was very successful in getting the best out of the younger players of the team and the Pakistani cricket team achieved unprecedented success during this period, despite not having as brilliant a set of players as in the 1970s or the 1990s. However, he was often criticized by some in the media, as well as a few former players for being "authoritarian". Imran was also notable for being the first cricketer to argue fervently in favor of neutral umpires. He led the initiative by asking for neutral umpires for the home series against West Indies in 1986-87 and 1990-91, as well as the home series against India in 1989-90.

Imran's ultimate moment of glory as a captain and cricketer came at the end of his career, when he led Pakistan to victory in one day cricket's most prestigious tournament, the World Cup in 1992. The highlight of this win was the fact that Pakistan recovered from a very poor start, thanks largely to some young players in their team who had barely been heard of prior to the World Cup. A combination of a shoulder injury that he carried through the tournament as well as differences with some senior members over the fact that many of the prizes (or rewards) were being garnered by Imran's charity hospital led to his retirement after the World Cup.

Imran Khan is the fifth Chancellor of the University of Bradford.





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SQUASH
Jahangir Khan (born December 10, 1963, sometimes spelled "Jehangir Khan") is a former World No. 1 professional squash player from Pakistan, who is considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the game. During his career he won the World Open six times and the British Open a record ten times. Between 1981 and 1986, he was unbeaten in competitive play for five years. During that time he won 555 matches consecutively. This was not only the longest winning streak in squash history, but also one of longest unbeaten runs by any athlete in top-level professional sport.

Jahangir was coached initially by his father, Roshan Khan, the 1957 British Open champion, and then by his cousin Rehmat Khan, who guided Jahangir through most of his career. In 1979, the Pakistan selectors decided not to select Jahangir to play in the world championships in Australia, judging him too weak from a recent illness. So Jahangir decided instead to enter himself in the World Amateur Individual Championship and, at the age of 15, became the youngest-ever winner of that event. In November 1979, Jahangir's older brother Torsam Khan, who had been one of the leading international squash players in the 1970s, died suddenly of a heart attack during a tournament match in Australia. Torsam's death affected Jahangir profoundly. He considered quitting the game, but decided to pursue a career in the sport as a tribute to his brother.

Jahangir retired from squash in 1993 after helping Pakistan win the World Team Championship in Karachi. The Government of Pakistan honored Jahangir with the awards of Pride of Performance and civil award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz for his achievements in squash. They also awarded him the title of Sportsman of the Millennium.



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HOCKEY
Shahbaz Ahmad Sr
Shahbaz Ahmad (also known as Shahbaz Ahmad Sr.) is a Pakistani field hockey player. He was born on September 1, 1968 in Faisalabad and joined the Pakistan National Hockey Team in 1986. He was captain of the national hockey team and led his team to the 1994 World Hockey Cup Victory. He has represented Pakistan in the Champions Trophy tournaments held in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989; Seoul Olympics, 1988; 3rd Asia Cup, New Delhi 1989; 7th World Hockey Cup 1990, Lahore, BMW Trophy Amsterdam, 1990, 11th Asian Games Beijing, 1990, 12th Champions Trophy, Melbourne and World Cup Hockey, Sydney, 1994. Shahbaz Ahmad was declared the best player in the Seventh World Cup, Lahore, 1990, and received the BMW Trophy, Amsterdam, 1990. He has won gold medals in the 3rd Asia Cup, New Delhi, 1989; Asian Games, Beijing, 1990; silver medals in Champions Trophy, 1988; 7th world cup, Lahore, 1990; BMW Trophy, Amsterdam, 1990; and a bronze medal in 8th Champions Trophy, 1986. Shahbaz Ahmad is regarded as one of the best forwards in the game. He is the only player in history of Field Hockey to win two consecutive player of the tournament awards in the 1990 Hockey World Cup Lahore and 1994 Hockey World Cup Sydney. He leads the list of most-capped Pakistanis with 304 caps in international field Hockey. In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of hockey, he was awarded the President's Pride of Performance medal in 1992 by the Government of Pakistan.



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