Islamabad : Former Pakistani cricketer, spin master Abdul Qadir died of cardiac arrest here in Lahore on Friday. He was 63 at the time of his death. The report of his death has been confirmed by his family members.
Qadir is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter who is married to current Pakistan star batsman Umar Akmal.
The former bowling star was just a week away from celebrating his 64th birthday on September 15. Qadir who played in 67 tests and 104 ODIs had a total of 368 wickets in his international career.
“It is a great loss to Pakistan cricket because it was Qadir bhai’s leg-spin magic and artistry that inspired a generation of young leg-spin bowlers in Pakistan and around the cricket world,” former Pakistan leg-break bowler Danish Kaneria said.
Always a colourful character, Qadir was a favourite of Pakistan’s World Cup winning captain turned Prime Minister Imran Khan and he produced some of his best performances under Imran Khan’s captaincy taking 9 for 56 in one test against West Indies at Faisalabad.