Former international cricketer turned politician Imran Khan has resigned as Chancellor of the University of Bradford, saying he cannot commit enough time to the role.

Mr Khan, who is leader of the opposition in Pakistan, will step down on November 30 after nine years. He was appointed as the University’s fifth chancellor in December 2005.

He said: “It has been my honour to serve as Chancellor of the University of Bradford. This has been a rewarding and informative experience and one that I will cherish.”

He added that his political commitments and fundraising work had made it challenging to commit the time required for the role of chancellor.

Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “Imran has played a critical and important role for us as chancellor of the university over an extended period of time. He has been a truly outstanding ambassador for the university and a wonderful role model for our students.

“He has awarded degrees to many students here at Bradford, and has also set up one of the fastest growing colleges in Pakistan, Namal College, where students also receive University of Bradford degrees.

“From discussions I have had with Imran, I know he is proud to have served as our chancellor and is thankful of the support and advice we have given him in setting up Namal College.”

Earlier this year Mr Khan was criticised for not attending graduation ceremonies but Sam Butterworth, of the Students Union, said yesterday: “We are really proud that we were associated with his work.”