Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has pinned high hopes on Imran Khan after his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the most successful one in the recently held general elections and said that the cricketer-turned-politician can make the country “Asian Tiger” provided he gets the support from the people. Also Read - Shoaib Akhtar Reacts After IPL 2021 Gets Suspended Due to Covid-19 Surge in India

“I believe that he can help Pakistan become Asian Tiger but the whole nation must stand by his side if we are to succeed,” Express Tribune quoted Akhtar as saying. Also Read - Shoaib Akhtar Urges Pakistan Government, Fans to Help India Fight COVID-19: Donate Oxygen Tanks to Them

Akhtar is also hopeful that Khan and his party will bring a positive change in the country rather than being a disappointment for the people of the country. Also Read - Pakistan PM Imran Khan, Other World Leaders Express Solidarity as India Battles COVID Crisis

“I would like to congratulate the entire nation and workers of PTI,” Akhtar said. “I’m confident that Imran bhai will deliver in accordance with the expectations of the people of Pakistan,” he added.

Akhtar, who represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs and 15 T20Is, also heaped praise on the “never say die attitude” of the World Cup winning captain, saying the charismatic personality of the 65-year-old separates PTI from other political parties in Pakistan.

“Other parties did put up a good fight but they did not have the presence of [Imran] Khan in their ranks,” Akhtar said. “He has a never say die attitude coupled with determination and hard work which is the main reason behind his success,” he added.

After sweeping 11th general assembly elections, Imran Khan is all set to become Pakistan’s new Prime Minister.PTI, however, would still need coalition partners to form the government. With the PTI falling short of the 137 seats needed for a majority in the National Assembly, it is widely speculated that PPP may emerge as the kingmaker.

More or less, it’s clear that the 65-year old Imran will be crowned at the helm and take up the country’s most coveted yet controversial post. Regarded as one of the finest all-rounders of all time, Imran had led Pakistan to their maiden World Cup triumph in 1992.