LAHORE (9 News) – Former legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir died of cardiac arrest in Services Hospital Lahore on Friday.
He was born in September 15, 1955 in Lahore. He played his first Test against England on December 14, 1977 and first one day against West Indies in 1983.
He took 236 wickets in 67 Tests and 132 wickets in 104 one-day international. Moreover, he took 960 wickets in first class matches.
He also served as the chief selector of the national cricket team.
Abdul Qadir kept wrist-spin alive through the darkest years of the late 1970s and ’80s. He did it with style, too. Blessed with a fast bowler’s temperament and fire, he surrounded his craft with mystique.
Before the 1982 tour to England, captain Imran Khan had asked him to grow a French beard to enhance the aura and it worked.
England were his favourite victims through his career, responsible for his international breakthrough in 1977-78 as well as his finest hours, at the Oval in 1987 and the home series later that year he took 30 wickets in three Tests, including the best bowling in an innings by a Pakistani, 9 for 56 in Lahore.