Saturday, 7 September: Former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir, credited for reviving the art of leg-spin bowling in the 1970s and 80s, died of a heart attack in his hometown Lahore on September 6, 2019.
Qadir made his Test debut against England in 1977 and went on to play 67 Tests matches, taking 236 wickets with a best figure of 9-65 against England at the same venue in 1987
Cricket experts, critics, writers and commentators alike believe that Qadir’s biggest achievement was how he became successful as a wrist spinner in an era that was dominated by fast bowlers.
Qadir breathed his last at 63 in Lahore. His death has gravitated immediate reaction from the cricketing fraternity.
“We are devastated with the news of Abdul Qadir’s passing away and on behalf of the PCB, I want to express my deepest condolences to his family and friends,” said PCB chief Ehsan Mani in a statement."
"Today, global cricket has become poorer with his passing. He will be missed but will never be forgotten,” the statement added.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was a teammate of Abdul during his playing days, tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear of Abdul Qadir’s passing away. My prayers & condolences go to the family. Abdul Qadir was a genius, one of the greatest leg-spinners of all time. He was also the life of the dressing room entertaining the team with his wit & humor.
“Qadir’s bowling statistics do not do justice to his genius. Had he been playing cricket now with the modern DRS system, where batsmen can be given out on the front foot as well, Qadir would have gotten as many wickets as the great Shane Warne.”
Indian Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar paid tributes to the former cricketer and extended his heartfelt condolences to Abdul Qadir's family calling him "one of the best spinners of his time"
After the news of Abdul Qadir’s death was confirmed on Friday night, tributes have flowed from across the world for former Pakistan legendary spinner.