Legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir dies

Sports Desk
7 September 2019, Sat
Published: 08:29 Updated: 10:53

Legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir dies

The legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir has died after a cardiac arrest at the age of 63.

He died in Lahore, his family confirmed on Friday. 

Abdul Qadir played 67 Tests from 1977 to 1990, taking 236 wickets including nine for 56 against England at Lahore in 1987. He also featured in 104 one-day internationals, claiming 132 victims.

In the 1980s era before Shane Warne, when leg-spin bowling was cricket's most mystical art, he was its finest exponent on the world stage.

His best performance came when he took 9-56 in an innings against England in his home city of Lahore in 1987.

The Pakistan Cricket Board tweeted: "PCB is shocked at the news of 'maestro' Abdul Qadir's passing and has offered its deepest condolences to his family and friends."

Qadir's former Pakistan team-mate and ex-skipper Wasim Akram added on Twitter "They called him the magician for many reasons but when he looked me in the eyes and told me I was going to play for Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him.

"A magician, absolutely. A leg-spinner and a trailblazer of his time. You will be missed Abdul Qadir, but never forgotten."