There was a time when, as a World Cup-winning cricketer and renowned international playboy, Imran Khan had the world at his feet. So the fact that a man who subsequently rose to the pinnacle of Pakistani politics now finds himself languishing in a squalid jail cell represents a remarkable fall from grace.
After captaining the Pakistani cricket team to victory in the 1992 World Cup final - the only time Pakistan has lifted the trophy - Khan became an international celebrity, one whose exploits often featured prominently on the gossip pages of the tabloid press.
Despite his insistence that he observed the strictures of his Muslim faith, Khan was frequently associated with a succession of glamorous female socialites, culminating in his eventual marriage to Jemima Goldsmith, the daughter of the wealthy British retail entrepreneur Jimmy Goldsmith.
The couple’s wedding in May 1995 at a London registry office was widely regarded as the social event of the year, attracting a selection of elite guests from across the globe.
While the marriage ultimately ended in failure, with the couple eventually parting company nine years later, Khan’s impressive network of international contacts helped to lay the foundation for his subsequent career as a prominent figure in Pakistani politics, one that ultimately resulted in him being elected the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan in 2018.
Khan’s entry into the turbulent world of Pakistani politics was not without controversy, especially after he adopted a distinctly anti-American viewpoint over the involvement of the US-led military intervention in neighbouring Afghanistan.