Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu has been invited for the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan's Prime Minister in-waiting Imran Khan on August 18 in Islamabad, the Punjab government confirmed on Saturday. Two other Indian cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have also been invited to the event, other than Sidhu.
"The chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan, who is going to be sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has sent invitation to former cricketer and Cabinet Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu to his swearing-in ceremony,” said a government spokesman.
“Apart from this, Khan also extended personal invitation to Sidhu on the phone which was accepted in all humility by the latter," he added.
In a statement, Sidhu confirmed that Khan had also personally telephoned him. During the brief conversation, Khan thanked Sidhu for praising him.
"The Secretariat of the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf has invited me to attend the swearing in ceremony of Imran Khan as the Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18 at Islamabad," Sidhu said.
Sidhu said he has informed the Union Home Ministry and office of the Punjab Chief Minister regarding his intention to attend the swearing in ceremony.
Both Sidhu and Dev were contemporaries of the cricketer-turned-politician and had played several matches against Khan's Pakistan cricket team.