Imran Khan's Game Plan

Erik Tanner for TIME

Imran Khan

Imran Khan, Pakistan's greatest cricketing hero, has no time for doubters. This time next year, he says, he will be Prime Minister of Pakistan. The corruption that plagues the country will be no more. Extremism will be on the wane, and the economy, now comatose, will be booming. Mid-soliloquy Khan notices a raised eyebrow — few in Pakistan think he has any realistic chance of winning the upcoming election, let alone performing such postelection miracles — and he immediately counters with a small history lesson.

Australia, March 1992: midway through the Cricket World Cup, Pakistan is...

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