Abdul Qadir Former Pakistan leg-spin passed away at 63 of cardiac arrest: Pakistan’s legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir died after suffering a cardiac arrest in Lahore on Friday. The former Pakistan cricketer was 63 years old. Qadir was going to celebrate his 64th birthday on 15th September.\
- Abdul Qadir died in Lahore on Friday after suffering from a massive cardiac arrest, his family confirmed
- Qadir was 63 years old and is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter
- Qadir, who played in 67 Tests and 104 ODIs had a total 368 wickets in his international career
- Imran Khan said Abdul Qadir’s sudden death was a shock to him
- Abdul Qadir was an integral part of Pakistan’s most successful sides in the 1980s
- Qadir played 67 Tests and 104 ODIs in which he picked 236 and 132 wickets respectively
As per the Pakistan media report, After the attack, he was rushed to the Services Hospital in Lahore but all the efforts to save him went in vain. Qadir is survived by his wife, 4 sons and a daughter who is married to Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal.
Abdul Qadir had represented Pakistan in 67 Tests and 104 ODIs between 1977 and 1993. The leg-spinner, known for his unusual action, picked up a total 368 wickets out of which 236 wickets were taken in the longest format of the game and finished his ODI career with 132 scalps.
Abdul Qadir, who made his Test debut in 1977, has the best figures for a Pakistan spinner i.e. 9/56. The leg-spinner, who bamboozled batsmen demolished a Vivian Richards-led West Indies batting unit in Fasilabad in 1986.
Abul Qadir also served as Pakistan’s chief selector and he picked the World T20-winning squad in 2009. Nonetheless, Qadir had quit midway through the tournament in England over the controversy surrounding non-selection of Shoaib Akhtar.
Cricket pundits and writers believe that Qadir’s biggest achievement was to keep the art of wrist spin alive during the eras of the 70s and 80s when fast bowlers dominated world cricket.
Former Pakistan leg-break bowler Danish Kaneria said, “It is a great loss to Pakistan cricket because it was Qadir bhai’s leg-spin magic and artistry that inspired a generation of young leg-spin bowlers in Pakistan and around the cricket world.”
India off-spinner R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh took to social media to offer their condolence messages.
R Ashwin wrote, “Extremely saddened by the demise of Abdul Qadir the spin bowling stalwart from Pakistan. My heart goes out to his family and friend.”
Harbhajan Singh said, “Shocked to hear Abdul Qadir passed away.met him two years back he was full of energy as always. A champion bowler, Great human being, you will be missed forever..condolences to the family.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also took to social media and said: “PCB is shocked at the news of ‘maestro’ Abdul Qadir’s passing and has offered its deepest condolences to his family and friends.”