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Pakistan cricket legend Abdul Qadir passes away

Pakistan cricket legend Abdul Qadir passes away

Abdul Qadir, who was 63, is regarded as one of the greatest legspinners of all-time and took 236 wickets in 67 Tests from 1977-90 - including 9-56 against England in 1987, still the best ever performance by a Pakistani bowler in a Test innings.

Former Pakistan legspinner Abdul Qadir, aged 63, passed away after a cardiac arrest on Friday (Sep 6), reports said.

Qadir represented Pakistan in 67 Tests and 104 ODIs between 1977 and 1993 and was widely recognized as the foremost legspinner of his times.

Known for possessing a wide array of variations, Qadir was celebrated for his successes against a strong West Indies team. A career-highlight remained the 30 wickets he picked in a three-Test series against England.

Qadir represented Pakistan in two World Cups (1983 and 1987), and also led the national team briefly. 

Post-retirement, Qadir had served as chief selector of the Pakistan team and also as a commentator.

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