Imran and Gavaskar were captains of their respective teams on the cricket ground several times in the 1980s and '90s and have been good friends over the years. Talking to & # 39; India Today & # 39; Gavaskar confirmed that he spoke to Khan, who had invited him to his oath. "Yes, I talked to Imran, he asked if I could do it, I told him that I can not do it because of my promises, but my best wishes are with him," he said.
Apparently, Gavaskar has a contractual commitment with Sony Pictures Network India, which transmits the ongoing India-England series. After the Lord's test, he will be in England for the last three tests played at Trent Bridge, The Ageas Bowl and The Oval. "I have known him for many years, it is a great moment for the Cricket Federation to have one of them become the Prime Minister of a country, so I wish him well," said Gavaskar.
"He is the only Prime Minister (of Pakistan) who has actually spent much of his time in India, he is probably the only Pakistani after the division, who has been to India several times, to meet with the ordinary man away from all dignitaries and therefore understands India better than any other Pakistani Prime Minister, so I hope that with this kind of understanding, he has an outlook on India that may be different from the other PM, "he said.
Meanwhile, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh have accepted Sidhu Imran's invitation to take part in his oath. Sidhu, who is currently a Punjab minister, has spent more than three decades working with Imran as a cricketer and commentator. The former India Opener said he received the invitation in person. "Khan Saab even called me and invited me to the event on Friday," Sidhu told TOI.