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MARGATE/FL – USA: Chairman of Cricket Council USA Mahammad Qureshi says that the death of former Test legend Abdul Qadir is a great loss to the cricket world.
The 63-year-old died of a cardiac arrest in Lahore, his family confirmed on Friday. Qadir played 67 Tests from 1977 to 1990, taking 236 wickets including nine for 56 against England at Lahore in 1987. He also featured in 104 one-day internationals, claiming 132 victims.
He was a key member of Pakistan’s team during the 1980s and became a mentor to the next generation of leg spinners such as Shane Warne and Mushtaq Ahmed.
Qureshi who is one of the top cricket administrators in America said: “We were all very proud of Abdul Qadir because he as Pakistanis he brought so many joy to us. He played against the best in the world and was able to topple them with his world-class leg-spin.
- “Even after his playing days, he was always available to assist the young cricketers of the country. He also did commentary so he was not lost to the world of cricket. He will be sorely missed and all of us at CCUSA would like to extend condolences to his family at this difficult time.”
Qadir was 63 years old and is survived by his wife, four sons a daughter who is married to current Pakistan star batsman Umar Akmal.