Legendary Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir died after suffering a cardiac arrest in Lahore on Friday. He was 63 years old.
Abdul Qadir was hospitalized at Services Hospital in Lahore. According to Pakistan Media, all the efforts to save him went in vain. Qadir was survived by his wife, 4 sons and a daughter who is married to Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Aklmal.
Abdul Qadir had represented Pakistan in 67 Tests and 104 ODIs betwwen 1977 and 1993. The leg-spinner, known for his unusual action, picked up 236 wickets in the longest format of the game and finished his ODI career with 132 scalps.
Qadir was Imran Khan’s go-to-spinner and even the 9-wicket haul came under the former cricketer-turned Pakistan Prime Minister’s captaincy. Qadir inspired a generation of leg-spin bowlers, including Mushtaq Ahmed and the legendary Shane Warne.
Abul Qadir has also been the 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 controversy surrounding non-selection of Shoaib Akhtar.
Shane Warne offered his condolence to the Pakistan great during his commentary stint in the ongoing 4th Ashes Test.
Indian off-spinner R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh took to social media to express their condolence messages.
“Extremely saddened by the demise of Abdul Qadir the spin bowling stalwart from Pakistan. My heart goes out to his family and friend,” R Ashwin wrote.
“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,” Harbhajan Singh said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) 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.”