Former cricketer Abdul Qadir passes away at 63
LAHORE – Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir on Friday passed away at age of 63 after suffering a cardiac arrest in Lahore, his family confirmed.
According to family sources, Abdul Qadir was taken to hospital immediately after suffering a heart attack where doctors declared him dead and informed that he left this world even before reaching the hospital. "My father never had a heart problem so it was sudden and shocking that he suffered a severe attack and could not survive," Salman Qadir expressed.
Abdul Qadir has served in several positions including chief selector at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as well as a commentator. He played 67 Tests taking 236 wickets and 104 One Day Internationals (ODIs) where he bagged 132 wickets representing the national team.
He started his career with a Test match against England in Lahore on December 14, 1977, and played his last Test against West Indies in Lahore on December 6, 1990. He played the first ODI against New Zealand in Birmingham on June 11, 1983 while playing his last ODI against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on November 2, 1993.
Abdul Qadir was born on September 15, 1955 in Lahore. He has four children, Rehman Qadir, Imran Qadir, Salman Qadir and Usman Qadir.
PCB expressed deepest condolences on the shocking death of maestro.
PCB is shocked at the news of maestro Abdul Qadir s passing and has offered its deepest condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/NTRT3cX2in— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 6, 2019
Qadir, who would have turned 64 on September 15, was one of favourites of former captain Imran Khan -- now Pakistan’s prime minister.
Qadir’s unique dancing action was as attractive as it was destructive, spinning the ball prodigiously and had a lethal googly and a flipper.
Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne -- the second highest Test wicket taker with 708 (only behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800) -- was also a big fan of Qadir.
Former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, Rashid Latif and Waqar Younis led the condolence messages, saying Qadir’s death was "a great loss of Pakistan cricket".
"We have lost a great man who was an institution in himself," said Wasim who played alongside Qadir in the 1980s.
Cricket has Abdul Qadir to thank for keeping wrist-spin alive through the darkest years of the late 1970s and ‘80s.
Qadir’s action was a wonderfully extravagant routine, and he admitted more than once that it was contrived as a spectacle to distract batsmen. Variety was the key; it was said he had six different deliveries per over.
Remember that Abdul Qadir‘s brother Ali Bahadur also played 10 first class matches in 1987-88.
Many important figures expressed grief on the death of one of the greatest player ever to play the game.
COAS expresses heartfelt grief on demise of cricket legend Abdul Qadir.— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) September 6, 2019
“Pakistan has lost a great sportsman and a human being. May Allah bless his soul and gives strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss, Aamen”, COAS.
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— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 6, 2019
A legend of the game, Abdul Qadir left us today. Inna lilahi wa inna ilahi raajioon. #RIP— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 6, 2019
We all belong to Allah SWT and to Him we all shall return. Deeply saddened to hear about Sir Abdul Qadir s death. May Allah meet his soul with a smile & keep him in His shade of love & mercy, Ameen.— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) September 6, 2019
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.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 6, 2019
Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi rajaoon.#AbdulQadir pic.twitter.com/mhBZy2yVk9
May Allah bless the departed soul of legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir Sahib who has passed away due to heart attack. It s sad news for all of us. May Allah give patience to the rest of the family. RIP Ameen— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) September 6, 2019
Tragic news about Abdul Qadir,one of the greatest leg spinners of all time,did a few shows with him & he was always energetic and passionate about his views,may he RIP!— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 6, 2019
Very sad to hear about the passing of legendary bowler Abdul Qadir. The man who made wrist spin cool again, he is one of the most influential figures in test cricket. Often described as an artist, he leaves this world a true legend. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun. https://t.co/anZUNNBptQ— Ali Khan Tareen (@aliktareen) September 6, 2019
Kamran Akaml expressed, "Many important figures expressed grief on the death of one of the greatest player ever to play the game.May Allah make his last journey easy & Give him best place in Jannah Ameen".
Our legend star our Elder Mr Abdul Qadir is no more with us quite shocking news for all of us.May Allah make his last journey easy & Give him best place in Jannah Ameen— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) September 6, 2019
Pakistani wicket-keeper grieved the death of the legend and prayed for his departed soul. Absolutely shocking news to hear the sad passing Legend Abdul Qadir saab. May Allah SWT grant him the highest rank in jannah and his family the patience to bare the loss. #Ameen
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) September 6, 2019