Pakistan’s Imran Khan on top in ICC poll on top pacesetter 

A Pakistani fan holds up a picture of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan as rain delays play ahead the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground in Bristol, southwest England, on June 7, 2019. (AFP/ File)
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Updated 13 January 2021

Pakistan’s Imran Khan on top in ICC poll on top pacesetter 

  • International Cricket Council asks Twitter users to choose between Khan, India’s Kohli, South Africa’s de Villiers and Australia’s Lanning
  • Khan got 47.3 percent of the votes, followed by Kohli who got 46.2%, de Villiers who got 6% and Manning who got 0.5%

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan cricket captain and now Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, who led his team to victory in the 1992 World Cup, came up on top this week in an International Cricket Council Twitter poll on the best pacesetters.
“Captaincy proved a blessing for some extraordinary cricketers,” the ICC wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “Their averages improved as leaders. You decide which of these ‘pacesetters’ were the best among these geniuses!” it added, asking readers to choose between Imran Khan, India’s batsman and captain Virat Kohli, South African wonder AB de Villiers and Australia’s Meg Lanning, the woman who led Australia to multiple World Cup titles.

Khan got 47.3 percent of the votes, followed by Kohli who got 46.2%, de Villiers who got 6% and Manning who got 0.5%.

Khan was born in Lahore on November 25, 1952, and was educated at Lahore’s elite Aitchison College where he excelled at cricket. A fine batsman, he made his first-class debut for Lahore against Sarghodha at the age of 16.
Khan was selected for the Pakistan national team in 1970, where he soon won a permanent place. He finished his high school education at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester, England, and went on to study Economics and Politics at Keble College, Oxford. He captained the Oxford University XI in 1974.
As the 1970s rolled on, Khan developed into a world-class cricketing “all-rounder,” and became captain of the Pakistani national side in 1981. Declared international cricketer of the year in 1989-90, he led Pakistan to victory in 1992 World Cup.
After that triumph, he retired with a total of 3,807 runs and 362 wickets in test matches. He also played for the English counties of Sussex and Worcestershire.
In 1996, Khan started a political party called the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf, inspired partly by his renewed commitment to Islam and with a mandate to end poverty and wipe out corruption in Pakistan.
Around the same time, he opened the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Cancer Hospital in memory of his mother who had died from the disease. Today it has won international recognition as one of the leading institutions for free cancer treatment in the world.
Khan swept to power as prime minister in a July 2018 election, over two decades after entering politics.


Pakistan announces all incoming foreign travelers being tested for COVID-19 at airports 

Updated 12 min 26 sec ago

Pakistan announces all incoming foreign travelers being tested for COVID-19 at airports 

  • Travelers especially from the UK and South Africa to face mandatory testing upon arrival in Pakistan
  • Those who test positive would be quarantined, National Command and Operation Center says

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), the Pakistani government’s central body dealing with the pandemic, said on Monday all foreign travelers to Pakistan were now being tested at airports to stem the spread of the coronavirus as Pakistan battles a second wave of the disease. 

Pakistan has reported 534,041 COVID-19 cases so far, and 11,318 deaths.

“All foreign travelers especially from UK and South Africa were being tested at the airports,” the NCOC said in a statement. “Those tested positive for coronavirus were being quarantined.”

It added: “The government would keep the record of vaccinated persons; even those who traveled from abroad would have to provide a legal document confirming that they had been vaccinated.”

Last month, Pakistan was among the countries across the globe that shut their borders to Britain on due to fears about a highly infectious new coronavirus strain. 

India, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Jordan and Hong Kong suspended travel for Britons after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a mutated variant of the virus had been identified in the country. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman closed their borders completely though some travel has resumed. 

Several other nations blocked travel from Britain over the weekend, including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Belgium and Canada. France shut its border to arrivals of people and trucks from Britain, closing off one of the most important trade arteries with mainland Europe.