Abdul Qaidr

The legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir has died after a cardiac arrest. Khan’s son Salman Qadir confirmed the demise of the iconic cricketer.

The former star was shifted to Services Hospital after the heart attack but he could not survive.

“My father never had a heart problem so it was sudden and shocking that he suffered a severe attack and could not survive,” Salman Qadir told AFP.

Qadir was born in Lahore in 1955. He was regarded one of the best leg-spinners of his time, taking 236 wickets in 67 Test matches and 132 wickets in just 104 One Day Internationals (ODIs).

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

Qadir’s different dancing action was as attractive as it was destructive, spinning the ball prodigiously and had a lethal googly and a flipper.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep grief over the demise of the renowned cricketer and offered his prayers for the aggrieved family.

“Abdul Qadir’s death has deprived Pakistan of a great cricketer who blazed the name of his country across the world,” the prime minister said in a statement.