Legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir dies aged 63



Abdul Qadir in action for Pakistan in 1984. – Getty Images

The legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir has died after a cardiac arrest.

The 63-year-old passed away in Lahore, his family confirmed on Friday. Qadir played 67 Tests from 1977-90, taking 236 wickets including 9-56 against England at Lahore in 1987. He also featured in 104 one-day internationals, claiming 132 victims.

He was a key member of Pakistan’s team during the 1980s and became a mentor to the next generation of leg spinners such as Shane Warne and Mushtaq Ahmed.

Commenting on Sky Sports during the fourth Ashes Test, Warne said Qadir was “a brilliant, brilliant bowler.”

“I think for a lot of people that bowled leg spin like I did, he was the guy that we looked up to in the 1980s,” said Warne. “Bowling leg spin, he bamboozled a lot of people.”

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced the death of on its official Twitter account, calling him a “maestro.”

His former team-mate Wasim Akram also tweeted: “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.”

David Gower, presenting on Sky Sports added: “He would always ask you whether you had picked the googly. ‘Have you picked it?’ he would tease.

“A lovely guy, with a huge skillset. Our condolences to all close to him.”

Courtesy/Source: The Guardian