LAHORE: Iconic former legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir Khan passed away from cardiac arrest in Lahore on Friday night at the age of 63.
Wicker-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and his brother Umar Akmal have confirmed the news. Umar Akmal is married to the daughter of Abdul Qadir, Noor.
The late legendary cricketer was born in 1955 in Lahore. He was one of the finest leg-spinners of his time with 236 wickets in just 67 Test matches, including 9-56 against England (his best performance) in 1987 at Lahore, and 132 victims in 104 ODIs from 1977 to 1990.
He is regarded as the inventor of googly and innovations in leg spin.
The ex-bowler had also served as chief selector of Pakistan as well as a cricket commentator.
Other than a daughter, he has left behind four sons, Rehman, Imran, Sulaman and Usman. All his sons have played first-class cricket.
Funeral prayer of Abdul Qadir would be held at Baradari Ground near Hazrat Miyan Meera Darbar after Asr prayer at 4:15 pm in Lahore.
One-minute silence was observed before the start of the India-Pakistan ACC Asia Cup U19 2019 match to give respect to legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir who passed. Pakistan team also wore black armbands.
Here’s how cricketers, politicians and other celebrities reacted to Abdul Qadir’s sad demise.