As a Sussex fan from our childhood in the late 1970s, it is only natural that the best player to ever grace the home dressing room at Hove is a Reverse Sweep hero.
Imran was the best of the four great all-rounders who operated at the same time in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. Indeed, along with Sobers and Keith Miller, Imran is one of the three best all-rounders to ever play the game in our humble opinion.
As captain of Pakistan he was extraordinary - even Ijaz Butt wouldn't have sacked him nor would Shoaib Malik have conspired against him. Not only did Imran's Pakistan side seriously challenge the supremacy of the great West Indies side for a while as the best team in the world, but his 'cornered tigers' speech inspired a resurgent Pakistan to World Cup triumph in 1992. Against England, unfortunately.
And did the captaincy affect his own performance? Not a bit of it. In 48 tests as captain, Imran averaged a formidable 52.34 with the bat (against a career test average of 37.69) and a superlative 20.26 with the ball (22.81).
How Pakistan could do with him now - as a player especially, but also as coach, manager or as Chairman of the PCB.