Abdul Qadir Khan Dies Due to Heart Attack in Lahore
Former leg spinner maestro Abdul Qadir Khan has dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 63 in Lahore, his family confirmed on Friday. Khan’s son, Salman Qadir, has confirmed the disappearance of the iconic cricketer. The former star was transferred to the services hospital after the heart attack but was unable to survive.
“My father never had a heart problem. So, it was sudden and shocking to suffer a serious attack and not be able to survive,” Salman Qadir told AFP. Known as bowling dancing because of his bowling style, Abdul Qadir played 67 test matches and 104 one-day international matches for Pakistan.
He played his first Test against England in Lahore on 14 December 1977 and his first ODI against New Zealand in Birmingham on 11 June 1983. He took part in his last international test against the West Indies in Lahore on 6 December 1990, while his final ODI was against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on 2 November 1993. Abdul Qadir also served as the chief selector of the Pakistani team.
During his international career, he won 236 wickets in Test matches – with a record 9-65 against England in 1987. These numbers are always the best of a Pakistani spinner in test rounds.
He also took 132 wickets in 104 ODI, the prime minister and skipper at the time, Imran Khan, using it as an offensive weapon at the 1983 World Cup in England. Qadir’s unique action in dance was as attractive as it was destructive. He turned the ball prodigiously and had a deadly effect and a pinball machine.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his deep sadness at the death of the famous cricketer and prayed for the injured family.
“Abdul Qadir’s death deprived Pakistan of a great cricketer who blazed his country’s name around the world,” the prime minister said in a statement. “Abdul Qadir’s death deprived me of a dear friend and saddened me.”