Islamabad [Pakistan]: Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir died of cardiac arrest at the age of 63 in Lahore on Friday.
Qadir’s son Salman Qadir confirmed the demise of the iconic cricketer. The former star was shifted to Services Hospital after the heart attack but he could not survive, Dawn reported.
Condoling the demise of former player, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tweeted, “PCB is shocked at the news of ‘maestro’ Abdul Qadir’s passing and has offered its deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
He was known as ‘Dancing bowler’
Qadir was known as the dancing bowler due to his peculiar bowling style. He had played 67 Test matches in which he scalped 236 wickets while in 104 ODIs he bagged 132 wickets.
He played his last international match as ODI against Sri Lanka in 1993.
Former Pakistani fast bowler, Mr. Shoaib Akhtar tweeted, “Legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir sb passed away. Just got this sad news. The revival of leg spin in cricket is completely credited to him. He inspired a generation of bowlers to take up leg spin. Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi rajaoon “.
Mr. Wasim Akhtar wrote, “They called him the magician for many reasons but when he looked me in the eyes & told me I was going to play for Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him.A Magician, absolutely. A leg spinner & a trailblazer of his time. You will be missed Abdul Qadir but never forgotten”.