Crucial next innings for Pakistan's Imran Khan, the cricket legend who turns guardian of state

Imran Khan, head of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, speaks to the media after casting his ballot at a polling station during general elections in Islamabad on July 25, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

On the cricket fields on which he found glory and built his fame Pakistan's Imran Khan was an aggressive leader -- lithe, relentlessly swift and frequently lethal with ball and bat.

It is a trait that he took to politics, which he adopted as his profession a few years after stepping down in 1992 as the man who led the national side to its first and only Cricket World Cup victory. The crowds loved their golden boy, turning up in the thousands to hear him speak. As voters, though, they were less generous.

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