Late Abdul Qadir formally inducted into the PCB Hall of Fame￼
Abdul Qadir, who took 236 Test and 132 ODI wickets with a magical wrist-spin, was formally inducted into the PCB Hall of Fame in an absolute honor ahead of the second One-Day International between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.
Abdul Qadir, who took 236 Test and 132 ODI wickets with a magical wrist-spin, was formally inducted into the PCB Hall of Fame in an absolute honor ahead of the second One-Day International between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday. The Legendary spinner passed away on 6 September 2019.
Saqlain Mushtaq, all-time Pakistan’s successful spinner with 496 international wickets and also currently the Head Coach of the men’s national side, inducted Abdul Qadir into the eight-man elite group by presenting the commemorative cap and plaque to his youngest son Usman Qadir, who is part of Pakistan’s white-ball squad for the ongoing series against Australia.
Qadir’s best Test performance was at Lahore, at the Gaddafi Stadium when he took nine for 56 against England in 1987. He played seven ODIs at the Qaddafi Stadium Lahore but he is most remembered for his unbeaten knock of 16 off just 9 balls against West Indies in the 1987 World Cup that earned Pakistan a dramatic one-wicket victory and a place in the semi-finals ahead of the two-time former World Cup Champions.
“I am sure dad watching from up there will be delighted and pleased with the way his institution has recognized him today in front of his fans and at his favorite cricket ground. Cricket was everything to him and on behalf of my family, I thank the PCB for acknowledging his services to Pakistan and the global game.
“He was a cricket genius who was always happy to share his knowledge and experience. He took a lot of pride in the art he had mastered that ultimately giving a new dimension to cricket. Rest followed him and contributed to making wrist spin bowling a lethal weapon that is equally entertaining to watch and follow in all formats of the game.”
“It is an honor and pride for me to formally induct Abdul Qadir into the PCB Hall of Fame on behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Abdul Qadir is a hero and a star for all generations for his outstanding and marvelous contributions to this great game.”
Born on 15 September 1955 in Lahore, Qadir made his Test debut against England in 1977 and only his second match in Hyderabad, took six for 44 with the Wisden Cricketers Almanack describing him as
“the most notable discovery of his type for some time”.
Qadir passed away on 6 September 2019. Wisden Cricketers Alamack, in its tribute, wrote:
“The legendary Pakistani leg-spinner Abdul Qadir was one of the finest exponents of his art, with his skills and magical tricks inspiring generations to come.”