ISLAMABAD: Former captain of the Indian cricket team Sunil Gavaskar says he will not be attending Imran Khan’s oath-taking as the prime minister of Pakistan.
The former Test greats have faced each other on the cricket ground several times during the 1980s and 90s as the captains of their respective teams, but also share a bond of friendship lasting over several years.
Speaking to Indian journalist Rajdeep Sardesai on India Today, Gavaskar confirmed that he had spoken to Khan and was invited to his oath-taking.
“Yes, I did speak to Imran himself. He was inquiring if I’d be able to make it. I said to him that unfortunately because of my commentary commitments I won’t be able to do so. But my best wishes are with him and I’m hoping to see him sooner rather than later,” he said.
“I think I’ve known him for plenty of years. I think it’s a huge moment for the cricketing fraternity that one of theirs has gone on to become the prime minister of a country so I wish him very well.”
Gavaskar said Imran had “a wonderful opportunity to set up a completely new beginning as far as India-Pakistan relations are concerned.