Pakistan PM Imran Khan remembers leg-spinner Abdul Qadir as a ‘genius
“I’ve lost a good friend and a wonderful cricketer Abdul Qadir who served the country so well,” Imran Khan said in his message of condolence. The cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan said Qadir’s death was a shock to him.
Imran played a vital role in turning Qadir into a household name, as it was under his captaincy that the spinner flourished to secure many test victories and a day for Pakistan, including a 9 out of 56 in a Test against the West Indies in Faisalabad in Faisalabad in 1986
The Army Chief of Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, also expressed “sincere pain” over the death of the cricket legend.
-General Abdul Ghafoor on Abdul Qadir Death-
“COAS expresses its deep regret at the demise of cricket legend Abdul Qadir,” tweeted The General of the Intermediate Services Public Relations Division (ISPR).
“Pakistan lost a great sportsman and a human being. May Allaah bless his soul and give strength to the grieving family to endure this irreparable loss, Ameen,” the COAS said.
-Arif Alvi on Abdul Qadir-
President Arif Alvi also issued a message of condolence lamenting that Pakistan had lost a great sportsman and human being.
Pakistan Cricketers Tweeted on Abdul Qadir Death
Pakistan’s current patron, Sarfaraz Ahmed, and other cricketers also issued messages of condolence and paid tribute to Qadir.
“A shocking news to hear the sad passing of legend Abdul Qadir sahib. May Allaah grant him the highest rank in Jannah and his family the patience to endure the loss,” Sarfaraz tweeted.
Former Bountter Shoaib Akhtar tweeted a video message about Qadir’s disappearance, noting that the death of the legendary leg spinner had been a big shock to him.
“I just got this sad news. The spin-leg revival in cricket is entirely attributed to him. He inspired a generation of bowlers to make spin-legs.”
-Wasim Akram on Abdul Qadir-
Legendary cricketer Wasim Akram, in his message of condolence, said that
Qadir was called the magician for many reasons, but “when he looked me in the eye and told me he was going to play for Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him.”
“A magician. A leg shooter and a pioneer of his time. Abdul Qadir will miss you, but you’ll never forget it,” he wrote.
-Other Cricketers Pay Tribute to Abdul Qadir-
Former captains Javed Miandad, Rashid Latif, Moin Khan and others, including Basit Ali, Muhammad Yousuf, Iqbal Qasim, and Danish Kaneria, also expressed their condolences and said that Pakistan cricket had lost a significant figure and performer.
-Javed Miandad on Abdul Qadir-
“No one can see what Qadir was. He was a real magician and the only bowler I’ve ever met who would get the hitters out by announcing in advance that he would get it with this installment,” Miandad recalled.
-Sulaman son of Abdul Qadir-
Qadir’s son, Sulaman, told the media that his father never complained of any heart disease and that his death from cardiac arrest had left the family devastated.
“… He was having dinner at home when he suffered the heart attack and, although we rushed him to the hospital, he expired on the way,” he said.
Qadir became an icon to keep alive the art of wrist-twisting in the 70s and 80s with his personality brimming and unique and extravagant.
His four children, Rehman, Imran, Sulaman and Usman, have played first-class cricket in Pakistan. His youngest son, Usman, who also leg spinner, appeared in the Big Bash T20 league last season.