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Newsnight apologises over Imran Khan mix-up

The flagship BBC2 news programme broadcast footage of Wasim Akram instead of his former Pakistan teammate who is now running for high office.

Imran Khan (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Imran Khan (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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.

Eagle-eyed 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.)”

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.”

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