PTI Chairman Imran Khan attends an anti-government rally in Islamabad

Meet Imran Khan, the Cricket Star Set to Be Pakistan's New Prime Minister

“We’re going to run Pakistan in a way it’s never been run before."

Pakistan's likely next leader is a very familiar face: The former cricket star Imran Khan claimed victory as the next Prime Minister after national elections on Thursday. Amid allegations of voting irregularities, Khan, who's been involved in Pakistani politics since the 1990s, promised a fight against government corruption and a reset of relationships with China and the United States. "We’re going to run Pakistan in a way it’s never been run before," he said, according to the New York Times. Above: Khan at an anti-government rally in 2014.

As longtime captain, he led Pakistan&#39;s cricket team to victory over England in the World Cup in 1992. It was Pakistan&#39;s first and as yet only world championship and a highly emotional win for the former British colony. Above: Khan celebrating Pakistan&#39;s victory at the World Cup Final. Joe Mann/Getty Images As longtime captain, he led Pakistan's cricket team to victory over England in the World Cup in 1992. It was Pakistan's first and as yet only world championship and a highly emotional win for the former British colony. Above: Khan celebrating Pakistan's victory at the World Cup Final. The cricketer at rest, circa 1990. Rich, handsome, and wildly famous in his home country and abroad, Khan was widely seen, <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44971702" target="_blank">according to the BBC</a>, &quot;as an Oxford-educated playboy, as at home in London&#39;s nightclubs as he was at the batting crease.&quot; Terry O'Neill/Getty Images The cricketer at rest, circa 1990. Rich, handsome, and wildly famous in his home country and abroad, Khan was widely seen, according to the BBC, "as an Oxford-educated playboy, as at home in London's nightclubs as he was at the batting crease."

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Khan on the cricket pitch in 1987. Patrick Eagar/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images Khan on the cricket pitch in 1987. Khan married British heiress and filmmaker Jemima Goldsmith in 1995. The couple eventually moved to Pakistan and had two sons, but divorced in 2004. Khan would marry twice more. After the election, Goldsmith congratulated Khan on the victory. <a href="https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/my-sons-father-is-next-pm-ex-wife-jemima-congratulates-imran-khan-on-twitter-1890106" target="_blank">She tweeted</a>, &quot;22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles and sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM. It's an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief &amp; refusal to accept defeat.&quot; JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images Khan married British heiress and filmmaker Jemima Goldsmith in 1995. The couple eventually moved to Pakistan and had two sons, but divorced in 2004. Khan would marry twice more. After the election, Goldsmith congratulated Khan on the victory. She tweeted, "22 years later, after humiliations, hurdles and sacrifices, my sons’ father is Pakistan’s next PM. It's an incredible lesson in tenacity, belief & refusal to accept defeat." Khan with his two sons, Qasim and Sulaiman, watching a cricket match in Pakistan in 2005. Paul Gilham/Getty Images Khan with his two sons, Qasim and Sulaiman, watching a cricket match in Pakistan in 2005. Khan with Diana, the Princess of Wales in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1996. Anwar Hussein/WireImage Khan with Diana, the Princess of Wales in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1996. After his cricket triumphs, Khan became more devout in his Muslim faith and turned increasingly to politics. He established a political party in the 1990s and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/13/pakistan-elections-nawaz-sharif-imran-khan" target="_blank">ran an unsuccessful campaign in 2013</a>. Above: Khan with supporters in 2007. AFP/AFP/Getty Images After his cricket triumphs, Khan became more devout in his Muslim faith and turned increasingly to politics. He established a political party in the 1990s and ran an unsuccessful campaign in 2013. Above: Khan with supporters in 2007. A supporter of Khan holds up a drawing of him at a protest in 2014. ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images A supporter of Khan holds up a drawing of him at a protest in 2014. Khan addresses the nation after the general election results were announced in Islamabad on July 26, 2018. The vote <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/27/asia/khan-elections-pakistan-rigging-intl/index.html" target="_blank">is expected to be confirmed on Friday</a>. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Khan addresses the nation after the general election results were announced in Islamabad on July 26, 2018. The vote is expected to be confirmed on Friday. Supporters of Khan celebrate in Karachi after the general election on July 26. In his televised address, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/26/imran-khan-claims-victory-in-pakistan-elections" target="_blank">one of Khan&#39;s first promises was a symbolic one in a poor country</a>: He would never move into the luxurious Prime Minister&#39;s mansion. RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images Supporters of Khan celebrate in Karachi after the general election on July 26. In his televised address, one of Khan's first promises was a symbolic one in a poor country: He would never move into the luxurious Prime Minister's mansion.



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