Cricket world mourns loss of legendary Pakistani leg-spinner Abdul Qadir
Abdul Qadir was considered to be one of the best spinners in the world during the 1980s.
Various personalities from cricket fraternity has expressed grief over the demise of former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir on Friday night due to cardiac arrest at the age of 63 in Lahore.
The Pakistan Cricket Board said on its official Twitter account it was "shocked" by the death of the "maestro."
Qadir played 67 tests from 1977-90, taking 236 wickets including 9-56 against England at Lahore in 1987.
He made his one-day international debut in the 1983 World Cup, and took 132 wickets in 104 games before quitting in 1993.
Qadir served Pakistan cricket in various roles, including chief selector in 2008. He quit the following year when he claimed the PCB didn't give him independence to make decisions. He also ran a private cricket academy just outside PCB headquarters at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Remembering Qadir as a "champion bowler", India spinner Harbhajan Singh tweeted, "Shocked to hear Abdul Qadir passed away. "Met him two years back he was full of energy as always. A champion bowler, Great human being, you will be missed forever..condolences to the family.. #RIPabdulqadir."
Meanwhile, former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar tweeted, "Legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir sb passed away. Just got this sad news. The revival of leg-spin in cricket is completely credited to him. He inspired a generation of bowlers to take up leg-spin."
"Extremely saddened by the demise of Abdul Qadir the spin bowling stalwart from Pakistan. My heart goes out to his family and friends. #RIP," India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tweeted.
"Sad to hear about the demise of Abdul Qadir. Was always mesmerised by his unique style of bowling and he was one of the best leg-spinners to play the game. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones," former India batsman VVS Laxman tweeted.
"They called him the magician for many reasons but when he looked me in the eyes & told me I was going to play for Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him. A Magician, absolutely. A leg spinner & a trailblazer of his time. You will be missed Abdul Qadir but never forgotten," former Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram tweeted.
"Sad news mate! Loved watching him bowl," former Australia bowler Brett Lee tweeted.
"Sad to find out about our legends Abdul Qadir and Abid Ali passing away. May Allah give courage to their families during this tough time InshAllah. Pls recite Fatiha for the two legends who elevated the name of Pakistan across the world," former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi tweeted.
The demise of the iconic cricketer due to the cardiac arrest was confirmed by his son Salman Qadir.