Gavaskar declines Imran Khan’s invitation to join oath ceremony
Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has abated to attend Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony on August 18 as the prime minister, local media reported.
The former India batsman told despite his inability to join in the historic ceremony of the conflicting neighbors’, he wished the newly elected head of the state all the luck.
Siting his reason for not being able to honor Imran Khan’s invitation, Gavaskar said to India today,
“As a cricketer, Imran Khan has visited India a number of times. He has interacted with Indians. He understands India, so I have a lot of expectations from him as far as India’s relations with Pakistan are concerned,”
Other Indian cricketers like Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu have also been invited on August 18th ceremony.
Former cricketer Navjot Sidhu accepted Mr. Khan’s invitation.
“Khan Saab even called me up inviting for the event on Friday. We chatted for a few minutes. I congratulated and conveyed my best wishes to him,” Sidhu told Times of India.
According to the statement, Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), personally telephoned Sidhu to convey the invitation.
“It’s a great honor and I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character. He can be trusted,” the Punjab minister said.
Meanwhile India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev said he would attend the ceremony with the approval of the Indian government.
“I haven’t checked yet about the invitation, but if I will get the invite then I will surely go there (Pakistan) for the oath ceremony, with government approval,” Kapil Dev said.