Former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir died of a cardiac arrest in his hometown Lahore on Friday. The leg-spin wizard would have turned 64 on September 15.
In 1977, Qadir made his Test debut against England and took 236 wickets in 67 Test Matches. His best bowling figure came 9/65 came against England in 1987. He also took 132 wickets in 104 ODI and was often considered as a legendary bowler who revived the leg-spin.
The funeral prayers of legendary cricketer Abdul Qadir were offered in Lahore on Saturday.
The last rites were attended by family members, cricketing fraternity, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stakeholders, political and social figures. He was laid to rest in Mian Mir graveyard.
The leg spinner passed away on Friday night due to a cardiac arrest. He is survived by four sons and two daughters.
Salman Qadir said that his father never had a heart problem so it was sudden and shocking that he suffered a severe attack and could not survive.
He is credited for reviving the art of leg-spin bowling in the 1970s and 80s. The cricketing community across the world paid tributes to the legendary cricketer on his demise.
Qadir was part of the fearsome Pakistan bowling attack, which also included Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis when India toured the country in 1989. It was the tour in which Tendulkar started his illustrious international career.
“Remember playing against Abdul Qadir, one of the best spinners of his times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP.” said Tendulkar in his tweet with an image of Qadir plying his trade.
Remember playing against Abdul Qadir, one of the best spinners of his times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP. pic.twitter.com/iu03d45sJ0
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 7, 2019