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  1. The parents of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) were believers and Sahaabi.
  2. The grave of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was prepared by Hazrat Abu Talha (radi Allahu anhu).
  3. Sayyiduna Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) came 24 000 times into the court of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). (Zirkani)
  4. Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) walked from India to Makkah and made forty Hajj. (Sheikh Zaada)
  5. Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) had knowledge of 100 000 languages. (Roohul Bayaan)
  6. It is greater to listen to the Quran than reading Nafil and reciting. (Law)
  7. When the Quran is recited aloud, then it is Fardh to listen to it.
  8. Except in a Hifz class and Quran lesson, it is Haraam for people in a gathering to read Quran aloud.
  9. The Quran has been translated into fifty different languages to date. (Quran-e Kareem Number Dehli)
  10. Only 26 Ambiyas names have appeared clearly in the Quran.
  11. Only twelve Angels have been spoken of in the Quran.
  12. Except for the name of Zaid bin Haarith (radi Allahu anhu), no other Companions name appears explicitly in the Quran.
  13. Except the name of Sayyida Maryam (radi Allahu anha), the name of no other woman has come explicitly in the Quran.
  14. Amongst the Jinnat, only Shaitaan’s (Iblees’) name appears in the Quran.
  15. Iblees will not be punished with fire but with cold. (Roohul Bayaan)
  16. Those who pass away on a Friday or in Ramadaan will be saved from the questioning in the grave.
  17. At the time of death, a person is faced with 624 000 sorrows. (Roohul Bayaan)
  18. To respect the grave of a Muslim is necessary.
  19. To read Namaaz-e-Janazah or give Azaan inside the Mosque is Makrooh.
  20. Suicide is Haraam and a great sin, but the Janaza Salaah of a suicide victim must be performed. (Fatawa Afriqa)
  21. The place where Azaan is given is protected for that day from any calamities. (Fatawa Mustapha-wiya)
  22. To give Azaan at the grave-side or in one’s home and business is a means of blessing and mercy.
  23. To place green and fresh plants and flowers on the grave is good as they make the Tasbeeh of Allah. (Alamgeeri; Dur Mukhtar)
  24. Jannat is only for human Muslims. (Malfoozat)
  25. If a woman marries the second time, she will be in Jannah with the second husband. (Hadith)
  26. In Jannah, Hazrat Aasia and Hazrat Maryam (radi Allahu anha) will be amongst the wives of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). (Fatawa Razvia)
  27. Hazrat Fathima Zahra (radi Allahu anha), although human, was free from menstruations, etc. like the maidens of Jannah. (Fatawa Razvia)
  28. Ramadaan and Eid should be celebrated by the physical sighting of the moon or by the receiving Shar’i Shahaadat. Calendars should not be followed for performing Ibaadah such as Eid Salaah.
  29. On the 10th of Muharram, Zam-Zam is mixed in all the pure waters of the world. (Roohul Bayaan)
  30. The sky is above and the sun, moon and stars are all below the sky.
  31. The sun and the moon are in motion.
  32. To drink, sell, touch, serve, keep or do any transaction with alcohol are all Haraam.
  33. Nikah is only done out of happiness and consent.
  34. When joking, or even playing and one gives Talaaq, then it becomes applicable.
  35. From all the Halaal things in the world, the most disliked by Allah is Talaaq.
  36. For men to dress and behave like women and for women to dress and behave like men is Haraam.
  37. For men to wear gold is Haraam.
  38. Men should wear one silver ring not weighing more than four and a half marsha (ounce).
  39. To stand before “Haya Alas Salaah, Haya alal Falaah” in Iqaamat is Makrooh and to stand on hearing it is Mustahab.
  40. Four Ambiya are still physically alive. In other words, they had not tasted death as yet. They are Hazrat Esa and Hazrat Idrees (alaihimus salaam) in the skies and Hazrat Khidr and Hazrat Ilyaas (alaihimus salaam) are on the earth. (Madaarik)
  41. Hazrat Ilyaas and Hazrat Khidr (alaihimus salaam) make Hajj annually and they meet at the well of Zam-Zam wherefrom they drink. Thereafter, they do not find the need to eat or drink for the entire year. (Fatawa Razvia)
  42. Four persons conquered the whole world from East to West, two were Muslims and two Kaafirs. the two Muslims were Hazrat Zul Qarnain and Hazrat Sulaiman (alaihis salaam). The two Kaafirs were Namrood and Bukht Nassar.

HISTORIES FIRSTS

  1. Almighty Allah first created the Noor of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) from His Noor.
  2. The first adult free male to accept Islam was Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu); the first woman was Hazrat Khadija (radi Allahu anha); amongst the children, Hazrat Ali (radi Allahu anhu); among the freed slaves, Hazrat Zaid Bin Haarith (radi Allahu anhu); and amongst the slaves was Hazrat Bilal (radi Allahu anhu).
  3. The first wife of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was Hazrat Khadijatul Kubra (radi Allahu anha).
  4. Hazrat Khadija (radi Allahu anha) was the first of the Holy Prophet’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) wives to pass away.
  5. Hazrat Qaasim (radi Allahu anhu) was the first of the Holy Prophet’s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) children to be born. He passed away in his infancy.
  6. Hazrat Khadija (radi Allahu anha) was the first person to read Namaaz amongst the Ummah of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
  7. The home of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansaari (radi Allahu anhu) was the first place where the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) stayed in Madina Shareef.
  8. The first verse of the Holy Quran to be revealed was “Iqra Bi Ismi Rabbikal Lazi Khalaq”. This took place on Friday, 27th of Ramadaan on the night of Qadr thirteen and a half years before Hijra, coinciding with the 14th of August 610 A.C. in the cave of Hira.
  9. Hazrat Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) gave the first Azaan in the skies.
  10. The first Azaan on earth was given by Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam).
  11. Hazrat Bilal (radi Allahu anhu) gave the first Azaan in the year 1 A.H. to announce the Namaaz of Fajr.
  12. The Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) performed the first Jummah Salaah in Madina Munawwarah on the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal.
  13. The first Hajj became Fardh in the year 9 A.H.
  14. The first Fardh fast was that of Ashurah (10th Muharram). This was then nullified and the fasting on the 13th, 14th and 15th of every lunar month became Fardh. This was also nullified, and on the 10th of Shawaal in 2 A.H., fasting for the entire month of Ramadaan was made Fardh and the remainder of the fasts was made Nafil (optional).
  15. The first Muslims migrated towards Abyssinia.
  16. The first battle to take place was the Ghazwa Abwaa.
  17. The first Sadqa was given by Hazrat Adi bin Haatim (radi Allahu anhu) on behalf of his people.
  18. The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) established the first madrassah (Suffah) in Musjid-e-Nabawi.
  19. The first person sent to spread Islam under the instructions of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was Hazrat Mus’ab bin Umair (radi Allahu anhu), who was sent to Madinah.
  20. The first person to be appointed a teacher in the madrassah was Hazrat Mus’ab bin Umair (radi Allahu anhu).
  21. The first Mosque to be built was Musjid-e-Quba, which the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) built himself. After the Holy Kaaba, the Musjid-e-Nabawi and the Musjid-e-Aqsa, the most excellence is given to Musjid-eQuba. Two rakaats of Salaah in this Musjid is equivalent to the Sawaab of one Umrah.
  22. Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah (radi Allahu anhu) constructed the first Minaret built for the purpose of Azaan.
  23. The first Mehraab for Imaamat was built by Sayyiduna Umar bin Abdul Aziz (radi Allahu anhu).
  24. Hazrat Tameem Daari (radi Allahu anhu) was the first person who sent his slave, Fateh, to light a candle in Musjid-e-Nabawi. Due to this act, the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) changed his name to “Siraaj”.
  25. The first Shaheed (Martyr) was Sayyiduna Amaar bin Yaasir (radi Allahu anhu).
  26. The first female to be made Shaheed was the mother of Sayyiduna Amaar bin Yaasir (radi Allahu anhu). Her name was Sayyidah Summaya (radi Allahu anha).
  27. The first person to be martyred in the Battle of Badr was the freed slave of Hazrat Umar (radi Allahu anhu), whose name was Muhaj’jah (radi Allahu anhu).
  28. The first person to make Ijtihaad was Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu).
  29. Hazrat Abu Zirr Ghaffari (radi Allahu anhu) is known as the first Dervish.
  30. Hazrat Abdullah ibn Maz’oom (radi Allahu anhu) was the first person to be buried in Jannatul Baqi. The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) buried him here in the year 2 A.H.
  31. Hazrat Umar (radi Allahu anhu) was the first person to perform Janazah Salaah in Jamaat with four Takbeers.
  32. The first person to start writing the Muslim calendar was Sayyiduna Umar (radi Allahu anhu).
  33. Sayyiduna Sa’ad ibnil Waq’qaas (radi Allahu anhu) was the first person to fire an arrow towards the Kuffar.
  34. The first person to become murtad (out of the folds of Islam) was either Muqees bin Khubaaba or Ubaidullah bin Jahash.
  35. The first false claimant of Prophethood was Musailma Kazzab who claimed Prophethood in the time of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
  36. A person called Abdullah Chakraalwi from Miyanwaali, Punjab, Pakistan was the first person to openly reject the Ahadith-e-Mustapha (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
  37. The first translation of the Holy Quran was in Persian. Sayyiduna Sheikh Saadi Shiraazi (radi Allahu anhu) accomplished it.
  38. The first Urdu translation of the Holy Quran was made in the year 1774 by Shah Rafi’ud’deen (radi Allahu anhu).
  39. The first mountain to be created on earth was Mount Bu Qubais, which is near the Holy Kaaba. After the great flood, the Hajr-e-Aswad remained protected within this mountain, and the splitting of the moon took place on this very mountain.
  40. The first physical human to be created is Sayyiduna Adam (alaihis salaam).
  41. Man first descended on earth in India.
  42. The first Rasool to be sent towards the Kuffaar was Hazrat Nooh (alaihis salaam).
  43. The first idol worshipping took place in the time of Hazrat Nooh (alaihis salaam).
  44. The first murder on earth took place when Hazrat Adam’s (alaihis salaam) son, Qaabil, killed his brother Haabil.
  45. The first person to be put into Hell will be Qaabil.
  46. In the Ummah of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), the first person to enter Jannah will be Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu).
  47. The first person to awake from his grave on the Day of Qiyamah will be the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
  48. The first person to be clothed on the Day of Qiyamah will be Hazrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam).
  49. Sayyiduna Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) will be the first person to be questioned on the Day of Qiyamah.
  50. The first person to be brought back to life on the day of Qiyamah will be Hazrat Israfeel (alaihis salaam).
  51. From amongst the animals, the first animal to be brought back to life will be the Buraaq of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
  52. The first person to intercede on the Day of Qiyamah will be the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
  53. The first person to enter Jannah will be the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
  54. The first meal in Jannah will be fish liver.
  55. The Angels did the first construction of the Holy Kaaba.
  56. The first person to place a Ghilaaf (Cloth) on the Holy Kaaba was a person called Asad who was the King of Yemen.
  57. The first Arab woman to place a silk cloth over the Holy Kaaba was Nateela, who was the mother of Hazrat Abbas ibn Abdul Mutallib (radi Allahu anhuma).
  58. Hazrat Idrees (alaihis salaam) used the first pen.
  59. Hazrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) was the first person to circumcise himself and his son.
  60. The first persons hair to turn white in colour was that of Hazrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam).
  61. Hazrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) was the first person to wear a sewn trouser.
  62. Hazrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) was the first person to build a Mimbar (Pulpit) and to deliver a sermon from it.
  63. The first person to make Mu’aaniqa (embrace shoulder to shoulder) was Hazrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam).
  64. Hazrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) was the first person to hold an Aasa (Staff).
  65. Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) made the first Salaam to the Angels.
  66. The Angels made the first Sajda-e-Tazeem or Sajda of Respect to Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam). (N.B.: Sajda-e-Tazeem is Haraam for the Ummah of the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).
  67. The first person to make Gustakh-e-Nabi (Insultor of a Prophet – sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was Shaitaan.
  68. The first person to say “Subhaan-Allah” was Hazrat Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) when he saw the beauty of the Arsh.
  69. The first person to say “Alhumdulillah” was Hazrat Adam (alaihis salaam) when the soul was put into him.
  70. The first person to say “La ilaha Ilal laah” was Hazrat Nooh (alaihis salaam) when he saw the Great Flood.
  71. The first person to say “Allahu Akbar” was Hazrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) when he saw the ram in place of Hazrat Ismaeel (alaihis salaam).
  72. The first Namaaz of Eid-ul-Fitr was performed in the year 2 A.H. in Madinatul Munawwarah.
  73. Hazrat Buraida Aslami (radi Allahu anhu) planted the first Flag of Islam.
  74. The first battle fought for the protection of Islam was the Battle of Badr in Ramadaan 2 A.H.
  75. Sayyiduna Zubair bin Aw’waam (radi Allahu anhu) was the fist person to draw his sword for Islam.
  76. Sayyiduna Haarith bin Abi Haalah (radi Allahu anhu) was the first Sahabi to give his life for Islam in Makkah.
  77. The first enemy of Islam to be killed in the battle of Badr was Utbah bin Rabi.
  78. The first Namaaz-e-Janazah performed by Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was that of Asad bin Zaraara (radi Allahu anhu).
  79. The first Namaaz to be made Fardh was Tahajjud Namaaz, which was later made Nafil.
  80. The first time that four Rakaat Namaaz was read was after the Hijrat in Madinah.
  81. The first person to recite the Holy Quran aloud after the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in Makkah was Hazrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (radi Allahu anhu).
  82. The first Ibaadat on earth was Tauba (repentance).
  83. The first person to have the Ghilaaf of the Kaaba embroided with verses of the Holy Quran was Sultan Hassan of Egypt in 761 A.H.
  84. The first person to be called “Ameerul Mo’mineen” was Hazrat Umar (radi Allahu anhu).
  85. The first Mujaddid of Islam is Hazrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz (radi Allahu anhu).
  86. Hazrat Sayyiduna Abu Yusuf (radi Allahu anhu) was the first Muslim Qaazi-ul-Qazah (Chief Justice) in the time of Haroon Rasheed.
  87. Sayyiduna Sa’ad ibn Abil Waqqas (radi Allahu anhu) was the first Sahabi to be a conqueror.
  88. The first Hafizul Quraan in the Ummah was Hazrat Uthman-e-Ghani (radi Allahu anhu).
  89. The first Namaaz to be performed openly in the Kaaba was after Hazrat Umar (radi Allahu anhu) accepted Islam.
  90. Sayyiduna Umar (radi Allahu anhu) was the first person to start Salaatul Taraweeh in Jamaat.
  91. The first Khalifa (Caliph) of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddique (radi Allahu anhu).
  92. The first stanzas of Naath (Poetry in Praise of the Prophet – sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) were written by Tub’bah, the King of Yemen, one thousand years before the Birth of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). He had also written a Will in which he left instructions that when the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is born, then these verses of praise should be presented to him.
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He dazzled the world with his amazing talent, he gave cricket another name, he made cricket popular with his personal looks and talent, he is and always will be remembered by cricket fans worldwide. Imran khan, an unbelievably talented all rounder who’s name has been mentioned several times in Guinness World Record as one of the best all rounders (person who can bat as well as ball) in the history of cricket and has reached the top like no one else.
He was born in Lahore, Pakistan into a family of six. He entered the world on November 25,1952, the only boy and seventh member of his family. Hisparents gave him the name Imran Khan Niazi and truly loved him since he is the only boy in their family.
Imran was part of a well-educated family. His parents believed that  their children should get the best of education, and become something. Imran’s parents have believed this and followed through with it, and that is why Imran’s sisters are so successful today.

His older sister Robina is an alumnus of the LSE and has a senior position in the United Nations in New York; his other sister Aleema has a master’s degree in business administration and runs a successful business; Uzma is a highly qualified surgeon is working in a Lahore hospital; while his other sister Rani is a University graduate who coordinates charity work. When it was time for Imran to go attend a college, he went to the prestigious public school in Lahore, the Aitchison College. There he was by far the best player on his team, being a very fine batsmen. He was still though quite far from becoming the best in the world. As Imran grew older, his interests went from being a batsmen to being a fast bowler.

When sixteen, Imran made his debut for Lahore. Imran’s cousins Javed Burki, and Majid Khan were a great part of cricket therefore when he made his test debut people thought that he made it because his family was on the Pakistan’s Cricket Team. (Nepotism)Later, Imran had to put cricket to the side and focus more on his studies.
Undoubtedly he was back again at the age of eighteen. He played admirably which resulted in him moving to England as he was chosen to play for a private school there.As the year 1971 approached, he made his test debut while visiting England.During this tour, he was fined many times by the management because he was looked upon by his peers as being a very snobby and wild player. Also on this tour, Imran did not play as well. Because of his “not so good” bowling, Pakistan was coasted to settle for a draw. This was the only test match on the tour.

When Imran was twenty-one, he was admitted in the Oxford University. For three years he studied economics and politics. In 1974 Pakistan toured England and therefore he was selected because of his form for Oxford University and his experience with speaking English. He had not succeeded to make a big mark because all three of his tests were drawn.

In 1976 Imran returned to Pakistan after being away for four years. During the 1976-77 season, Imran got a place in the Pakistan cricket team. He had impressed the team with his fantastic bowling. Later he moved to play with Sussex. The biggest reason for Imran to do this was because of his love affairs with the nightlife of London. He was quite angry at Worcester (a team he played for before he played for Sussex), because of the racism he found there. During the time he had been playing for other teams, Imran had become quite a big star.Everyone was able to see that this guy had talent and played very well. At this point, not only was he playing well, but had basically become a superstar. Imran continued to play for Sussex, because he enjoyed it there. At this point he had become the “father” of the reverse swing. His most famous partner was Sarfaraz Nawaz, in which the partners could make a lot of runs. Soon after, under the orders of the top official, Imran came back to Pakistan to play test cricket for the series against India. During this match, Imran hit two sixes and a four with only seven balls remaining. Because of Imran’s huge success, one could easily say that Imran was one of the most adored cricketer through the land at this point.

During the early 80’s Imran was not only at his cricketing peak, but had quite a few relations with women. He had a relationship with Susannah Costantine, ex-model Marie Helving, and artist Emma Sargeant. Some of his relations ended simply because of difference in culture and because of the busy and traveling life of Imran. He brought some of his relationships back home to Pakistan in which he was frowned upon because he was an individual of Muslim faith.

When Imran was thirty, he became the captain of the Pakistan cricket team. He lead them to a victory against England in their second test match.

During the years of his captaincy, Imran had broken his shin. Even though this was so, Imran continued to bowl, whether there was pain or not. Because of his injury, Imran was able to put bowling to the side and concentrate more on his batting. Imran improved his batting greatly which led him to his first century
in a one day match.
In 1987, Imran decided to retire from cricket. Javed Miandad took his place. Because Pakistan’s best captain was gone; the team was in somewhat of crisis .President of Pakistan Zia ul Haq asked him Personally to come back, therefore he was back as a captain in 1988. In later interviews he mentioned that personally his passion for the game was no more in 1987, he was already recognized around the globe.

1992 was the year of the World Cup Cricket competition, the most prestigious cricket event, Pakistan’s start was not good and lost couple of games and was looking to be kicked out in early stages he later told that during that time the manager of cricket team came to him and asked him that should I buy the tickets to go back home imran replied angrily that don’t come to me again and remember you are not out until you are really out. The Tiger was absolutely correct ,he gathered his team gave them a lecture inspired the spirits of the young team with his charisma, and the team replied with going into final. In the final at the age of 39, Imran showed no signs of his age scoring  highest runs for his team. And then with his prolific captaincy he smacked the opponents, took the last wicket for his team and made history by winning the First and sole World Cup for his motherland.

He ended his career with an outstanding score of 3807 runs and 362 wickets in only test matches. During his career, Imran had turned the Pakistan cricket stars into the stars they are today. The day that Imran retired was a very big day. So big that the President of that time, Zia personally tried to stop him from retiring. Imran said that he wanted to retire at the highest point of his popularity so that people would be able to remember him forever.4 He wanted his name to be in all hearts and be recognized for all his accomplishments. Imran had officially ended his career as a cricketer and is truly remembered by all.

When Imran won the world cup, he had raised twenty five million dollars to build a cancer hospital in memory of his mother. About ten years ago when Imran’s mother had cancer; Imran was desperately looking for some place to take her, but none of the hospital’s in Pakistan had the right facilities to treat her. When Imran took her to an outside country, it was too late; she had lost her battle against cancer. Eversince then, Imran has wanted to build a cancer hospital. Today he has a internationally recognized hospital standing in Lahore, Pakistan. It is named after his mother Shawkat Khanam. It is the only hospital of Pakistan that does not charge anything to patients who cannot afford the treatment and most of its patients are children. It is completely dependent on donations and needs at least 400 Million Pak Rupees to run. Although it is difficult to raise but he is carrying on some how.

In 1995, Imran decided to settle down and marry. He married Jemima Goldsmith who is the daughter of a billionaire. She was Jewish and converted to Islam by choice just before the two got married. Their wedding took place in Paris. When they came back to London, they threw a party which was more for the public.
On November 18th 1996, Imran and Jemima were the proud parent’s of a baby boy. The named him Suleiman Isa. On April 10th, 1999 Jemima gave birth to yet another baby boy. They have named him Kassim. Today, Imran has entered the world of politics and has set up his own party Tehreek-a-Insaf (Campaign for Justice). The party is struggling and in the two elections it participated in, it could get none seat in the first and won a single seat in the next election that seat was of Imran himself. So he himself has become Member National Assembly He continues to fundraise for his hospital. He does this by taking tours with popular stars. Some stars donate their money to Imran’s hospital.

Source: http://www.famousmuslims.com/imrankhan.htm

Imran was a born leader and his captaincy led his beloved Pakistan to victory in the 1992 World Cup finals where they took on and beat a pretty good England side.

Imran was a great all rounder, with his in swinging fast bowling and measured attacking batting displays he dragged his talented side to a great success down under in a magical World Cup final in Australia and New Zealand. His greatest success was that night in Melbourne with a 22 run victory of England.

  • Full name: Imran Khan Niazi
  • November 25, 1952, Lahore, Punjab
  • Major Teams: Pakistan, Lahore, New South Wales, Oxford University, Sussex, Worcestershire
  • Batting Type: Right-hand bat
  • Bowling: Right-arm fast

Source: http://www.cricket-worldcup.net/imran-khan.php

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Pakistan’s chances of hosting the Champions Trophy in September have been pegged at “50-50” by an official who attended the ICC’s security briefing in Dubai on Sunday. The meeting was attended by board officials of the eight participating countries, broadcast executives, and players’ association representatives.

The ICC board will now take a final decision over the next 72 hours after its members discuss the issue over the phone, the official said. The ICC board, while taking a final decision, will also consider a report on Sunday’s security briefing.

“The briefing was detailed and comprehensive and it looks 50-50 at the moment for Pakistan,” the official told Cricinfo. “The players of four countries, Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, have expressed some reservations over the security climate in Pakistan, and I would expect their boards to back them.”

Reports in British newspapers suggest that the ECB has already told its players that it cannot guarantee their safety in the light of recent bombings in Karachi and Islamabad.

Asked whether Sunday’s meeting discussed alternate venues for the tournament, the official said, “That topic was not touched upon at all in this meeting. That is for the ICC board to discuss.” South Africa has been projected as the possible alternate host, in case the ICC board decides against Pakistan, after Sri Lanka, the original stand-by venue, was found to have significant security concerns of its own.

The ICC said in an official statement that “until or unless the board decides otherwise, the tournament will proceed in Pakistan.” Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, later told reporters that Sri Lanka remains the alternate venue.

Lorgat said that the briefing by the ICC’s security consultants stressed “great satisfaction” at the security measures in place during the Asia Cup but added: “If it was up to the player representatives, they would prefer not to be in Pakistan. They have concerns because no guarantee on safety and security can be given by the PCB, the ICC or the security consultants. We can do everything in our power to secure and safeguard officials, but we can never issue guarantees.”

The ICC statement said, “While there was recognition the PCB had gone to great lengths to provide a high level of security during the Asia Cup and would do so again during the ICC Champions Trophy, concerns were expressed about the potential for threats beyond the PCB’s control.”

One compromise being touted is to move matches away from Karachi, considered the most risky destination, to Lahore and Rawalpindi.

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