Tributes pour in on ‘magician’ former Pakistani bowler Abdul Qadir’s death


Former Pakistani bowling legend Abdul Qadir has passed away at the age of 63. Abdul Qadir died in Lahore after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Abdul Qadir

Pakistani news site quoted his son as confirming the news of his legendary father’s death. Qadir was taken to Services Hospital after the heart attack but could not survive.

Abdul Qadir played 67 Test and 104 One-Day International matches for Pakistan. He took 236 wickets in Test matches and 132 in One Day Internationals.

Abdul Qadir is credited with making googly bowling popular across the world. He played under Imran Khan, currently Pakistani prime minister, in two World Cups in 1983 and 1987. Post-retirement, Qadir also became a commentator and chief selector of the Pakistani cricket board.

Condolences have begun pouring on the death of this legend. Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz wrote on Twitter, “A legend of the game, Abdul Qadir left us today. Inna lilahi wa inna ilahi raajioon.”

Pakistani cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed wrote, “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.”

Former Pakistani captain Wasim Akram wrote, “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.”

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