Newsnight gaffe confuses Imran Khan with fellow Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram
During his international career, he made 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets in Test cricket, and in 2010 was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Host Evan Davis later apologised for the mix-upCredit:BBC At the end of the programme, presenter Evan Davis said: “We made a mistake in our opening tonight. The footage we showed was of the cricketer Wasim Akram not Imran Khan.”Don’t know how that happened, sincere apologies for that.”Later, a BBC spokesman said: “We’d like to reiterate the sincere apology we made on air last night for an error that occurred during the programme.”We are looking into how this mistake happened and will be tightening our processes on Newsnight to prevent an incident like this happening again.”Both men are icons of Pakistan cricket. Prior to launching a political career that could see him become the country’s new prime minister, Khan – who retired from the sport in 1992 – led Pakistan to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan’s first and only victory in that competition. Apologies on our intro just then!! A bit of an error – that was Wasim Akram bowling and not Imran Khan #newsnight— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) 25 July 2018 Akram, meanwhile, has remained in the sport since his retirement and spends much of his time commentating on the game.As a left-arm fast bowler, he was the first to reach the 500-wicket mark in One Day International cricket during the 2003 World Cup and also took more than 400 wickets for his country in Tests. Newsnight has apologised for showing footage of Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram instead of his former teammate-turned-politician Imran Khan.The flagship BBC2 news programme opened with a piece documenting Khan’s journey from a cricketing hero to a potential prime minister.But instead of showing the right-handed all-rounder in action, footage of left-arm pace bowler Akram demolishing a batsman’s stumps was shown instead.Viewers picked up on the error and the programme apologised on Twitter.Doctor Foster actor Prasanna Puwanarajah said: “Wow. Did Newsnight just use a clip of Wasim Akram to illustrate a story about Imran Khan? (Yes. They did.)” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.