Former cricketer and Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Wednesday, August 1, that he has accepted the invitation extended by Imran Khan for attending his swearing-in ceremony as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Sidhu said he would travel to Pakistan to attend the swearing-in of Khan as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was quoted saying, “It is (a) great honour, and I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared, but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character. He can be trusted. Sportsmen build bridges, break barriers, unite people.”
Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has emerged as the single-largest party in the National Assembly after the recent general election in Pakistan. Khan would take oath as Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 11. Among the other personalities invited to the ceremony are former cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.
While speaking to media, Sidhu recalled how he first met Khan at Faridabad in 1983 during a cricket match and they developed a mutual respect. Alluding to a clearance by the Centre the Punjab Minister said, “If I am allowed, then I will definitely go. It is a huge honour.” Sidhu hoped the relations between India and Pakistan would improve with Imran Khan becoming the prime minister. “My personal opinion is that sportsmen break barriers. They unite people. I see a sportsman in great Imran Khan and I see someone who will always do a good to mankind. I have great hopes that relations will improve,” Sidhu said.
Imran Khan and Kapil Dev
An all-rounder in cricket is like a treasure for any team. Two such prize possession who swayed millions of hearts every time they took to the field were Kapil Dev and Imran Khan. Both belonging to the cricket-obsessed countries – India and Pakistan. The duo impressed us with their stroke they played or every ball they bowled. Once during their cricket days, the two were fierce rivals. For the longest time, the debate raged over the great all-rounder between Imran Khan and Kapil Dev. Both the cricketers led their teams to the World Cup glories in 1983 (India) and 1992 (Pakistan). With so many similarities between Kapil and Khan in terms of their personality and roles, we won’t be surprised if we read reports of Kapil Dev entering politics.
Kapil was among the first few from the cricketing fraternity to send his congratulatory messages to Khan.