Published On: Sat, Mar 5th, 2016

Imran khan as the Pakistani cricket captain



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Captaincy Record (1980-82/1985-86/1988/1992-3):
Tests: 14 won, 6 lost, 14 drawn.
ODIs: 26 won, 33 lost, 1 tied, 2 no result.

Many people were got astonished after listening about the decision to make Imran Khan the captain of the Pakistan cricket team in 1982.



No one could expect Imran, who was known for a lurid fast-bowler/bowling all-rounder and ‘playboy,’ can ever lead the national cricket team. Not even Imran himself.

When Javed Miandad was expelled by a players’ revolt, it was anticipated that he would be replaced by either Zaheer Abbas or Majid Khan.

But the two, Majid and Zaheer, were the pivotal in the revolt against him and Miandad when resigned from the captaincy illustrated to the cricket board that he would not play under both of them.


The board turned up with a compromise candidate in the form of Imran Khan. But Khan wasn’t willing. The close friends of him advised him that captaincy would devastate his career.

However, following a few reasons, Khan agreed to. After accepting captaincy he won 7 of the initial 12 Tests that he captained and his form as all-rounder also achieved the apex.

By his playing he was capable to rapidly get the admiration of his teammates and effectively weave a splinter side into a tightly-knit unit. Though, in 1983 he dealt with a career-threatening anxiety rupture in one of his shins that prohibited him from bowling.

He made efforts to grasp as a batsman and captain, but unable to help seize the team’s abrupt down fall. He eventually made a decision for a break from the game to heal his fracture.

After his returning to the team in 1985, Miandad was there as a captain but he happily gave the captaincy to Khan.

Khan’s second spell as skipper was in the same way successful but meanwhile much more controversial.

Later than restoring himself in the team as its leader all-rounder and captain, Khan started to exercise an approximately dictatorial holdover the team and frequently conflicted with the selectors and the board members.

Khan would habitually discard and reject touring squads chosen by the selectors, and snub to play if his suggestions were not accepted in collection subjects. This approach weary both fruit and nuisance.

For instance, he argued with the board to take in players for example Abdul Qadir (who would go on to become a world-class spinner). He also devotedly cherished fast men foe example Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Aaqib Javed who continued to pilot a fast-bowling rebellion in Pakistan in the 1990s.


52e10b513cefaThough, the approach also witnessed him devastatingly stake on a few losing horses. He fixed with batsman, Mansoor Akhtar, at the cost of much worthy players rather than the verity that Akhtar, although brilliant, visibly short of temper for international cricket.

He also provided an unworthy sprint to middling fast bowler, Zakir Khan, only because Zakir had turned a close friend of his.

The team, under Imran, jagged its initial Test series triumph against England (in England) and against India (in India) – both in 1987.

Not any player, apart from his vice-captain, Javed Miandad, defied opposed him, and the selectors and board officials more often did what he asked them to.

He was also used to show his rage on the field at players he considered were not offering their entire, and the sight of Khan rebuking players with a few alternatives Urdu and English abuses became a frequent spectacle.


There is no surprise that one of Khan’s heroes was ex-Australian captain, Ian Chappell. Akin to Chappell, Khan frequently practiced strategies including mind games.

For instance, when he organized to reinstate Abdul Qadir from unconsciousness for the team’s 1982 visit of England, he said the British media that there has never been a trickier leg-spinner than Qadir. After that he told Qadir to develop a ‘wizard’s goatee’ so he would seem akin to a mysterious magician.

52e10b61e1f90Imran was thought as the most influential cricket captains in Pakistan. This figure was smartly employed by the makers of Power Cricket Shoes in their 1988 media advertisements.


Khan was eminent to be a ‘party animal’ that persuaded his team to enjoy life, particularly when it became for women.


Khan at last concluded his career by directing Pakistan to succeed the 1992 World Cup in which his vice-captain, Javed Miandad, and he performed key roles.

Imran retired right away following the World Cup, at the age of 41. Later than getting married, he came into politics as a ‘born-again Muslim.’



About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.