Lahore: Abdul Qadir, the former Pakistan cricketer who was widely regarded as one of the greatest leg-spinners in history, has died of a cardiac arrest.
Qadir son, Salman Qadir, told reporters in Lahore on Friday his father was rushed to hospital but did not survive.
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 (ODI) debut in the 1983 World Cup, and took 132 wickets in 104 games before retiring in 1993.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on its official Twitter account it was “shocked” and “devastated” by the death of the “maestro”.
“The PCB, like every Pakistani, is proud of his services to cricket and Pakistan,” chairman Ehsan Mani said in a statement. “His contributions and achievements were not only limited to on-field, but he ensured he transferred the art of leg-spin to the up-and-coming cricketers.” —- Agencies