Pakistan Leg Spin Wizard Abdul Qadir Passes Away At 63, Pak PM Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar Pay Rich Tributes

File Picture

File Picture

Former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir, credited for reviving the art of leg-spin bowling in 1970s and 80s, died of a heart attack in his hometown Lahore, his son confirmed .

“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 said.

Qadir, who would have turned 64 on September 15, was one of favourites of former captain Imran Khan — now Pakistan’s Prime Minister. Whenever Imran wanted wickets he  would turn to  Qadir and very often delivered. He was Imran Khan’s go to man.

Qadir made his Test debut against England in 1977 and went on to play 67 Tests, taking 236 wickets with a best of 9-65 against England at the same venue in 1987. Those figures are still the best by a Pakistan bowler in a Test innings. He also took 132 wickets in 104 one-day internationals, with Imran using him as an attacking weapon in the 1983 World Cup held in England.

He played last of his international matches in 1993.

Tributes to Qadir poured in from several cricketers . Proving why he was such admired and respected by his friends and rivals :

Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister and former skipper ,tweeted his anguish over Qadir’s demise as he wrote , Abdul Qadir was a genius, one of the greatest leg spinners of all time.



Wasim Akram , Former Pakistan Skipper


Shoaib Akhtar , Former Pakistan Fast Bowler

Sachin Tendulkar , Indian cricket Legend, Qadir had first hinted of Sachin’s brilliance



Harbhajhan Singh , Former India player

To Top