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Imran Khan to be university head
Imran Khan
Imran Khan will confer degrees at ceremonies twice a year
Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan is to be the next chancellor of the University of Bradford.

He will succeed Baroness Betty Lookwood as the university's official head in the summer and will be the fifth person to hold the post.

Vice-Chancellor Chris Taylor said Imran Khan will be a role model for people in the university and the city.

"He will strengthen our links with South Asia and will be a valuable bridge between east and west."

Politics move

During the 1970s, Imran Khan became a leading cricketer and was made Pakistan captain in 1981.

He retired from cricket in 1992 after captaining Pakistan to victory in the World Cup and moved into politics in 1996, launching Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (Pakistani Justice Movement).

Bradford University was founded in 1966 but its roots go back to the early 19th Century.

It has 10,000 students of whom nearly one-in-four are from overseas.

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