Pakistan's former cricketer Abdul Qadir Khan passes away

Pakistan's former cricketer Abdul Qadir Khan passes away

Lahore (Web Desk): Former spin legend Abdul Qadir Khan passed away in Lahore on Friday, his family members confirmed.

The 67-year-old was born in Lahore in 1955. He was regarded as one of the best leg-spinners of his time.

Abdul Qadir, known as the dancing bowler due to his peculiar bowling style, played 67 Test and 104 One-Day International matches for Pakistan.

The legendary cricketer played his first Test against England in Lahore on Dec 14, 1977 and first ODI against New Zealand in Birmingham on Jun 11, 1983.

He played his last international Test against West Indies in Lahore on Dec 6, 1990, while his last ODI was against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Nov 2, 1993. He also served as the chief selector of Pakistan team.

Qadir took 236 wickets in Test matches throughout his international career — with a best of 9-65 against England in 1987. These figures are still the best by a Pakistan bowler in a Test innings.

He also took 132 wickets in 104 ODIs, with now prime minister and the then skipper Imran Khan using him as an attacking weapon in the 1983 World Cup held in England.

He later served as chief selector for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as well as a match commentator.

His four sons, Rehman, Imran, Sulaman and Usman, all played first-class cricket while his daughter is married to Pakistan’s international cricketer Umar Akmal.

President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of the Army staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa, former cricketers and others expressed deep sorrow over the sad demise of the renowned cricketer.

In his condolence message, Dr Arif Alvi said Gogli's inventor Abdul Qadir brought name for Pakistan across the world.

The president prayed for the departed soul and said his name will always be remembered in the history of cricket.

Prime Minister Imran Khan says Abdul Qadir's death has deprived Pakistan of a great cricketer who brought fame for the country across the world.

In his condolence message, Imran Khan said he has lost a great friend. He prayed for the departed soul and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family.

Chief of the Army staff Qamar Javed Bajwa expresses heartfelt grief on the demise of cricket legend Abdul Qadir.

According to the spokesperson of Pakistan Army, Major. General Asif Ghafoor, the COAS said Pakistan has lost a great sportsman and a human being.

The Army Chief prayed for the departed soul and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

Moreover, cricketers, including cricket greats and skippers took to Twitter to express their grievances over the sad demise.