University of Bradford Imran Khan
Chancellor 2005 – 2014
Imran Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was educated and proved to be a fine cricketer. He made his first-class test debut for Lahore at the age of sixteen.
Imran was selected for the Pakistan cricket team in 1970 where he soon made a permanent place for himself.
He finished his high school education at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester where he excelled in cricket.
He went on to study Economics and Politics at Keble College, Oxford, in 1972, and was captain of Oxford’s cricket team in 1974.
During the Seventies, Imran became a world-class all-rounder and was rewarded with the captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team in 1981. He was declared international cricketer of the year in 1989-90 and led Pakistan to numerous victories all over the world, clinching the World Cup in 1992.
Imran retired from cricket in 1992, and moved into Pakistani politics in 1996, launching the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (the Pakistani Justice Movement).
In 1996 he opened the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMT) Cancer Hospital in memory of his mother who had suffered from the disease. Today SKMT is one of the leading institutions for free cancer treatment in the world and has received international recognition.
Imran is also amongst a number of actors, artists, singers and sports figures who donate their talents to advocate for children on behalf of UNICEF as Special Representatives.
He has used his international profile in cricket to support health and immunisation programmes in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.