On the sudden death of former cricket star Abdul Qadir here on Friday night, various former and present players, PCB officials, experts and fans condoled his death.
Former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Moin Khan, Rashid Latif and Misbah-ul-Haq, and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar led the condolence messages, saying Qadir´s death was “a great loss of Pakistan cricket”.
“We have lost a great man who was an institution in himself,” said Wasim who played alongside Qadir in the 1980s.
In his tweet, he said: “… A Magician, absolutely. A leg spinner & a trailblazer of his time. You will be missed Abdul Qadir but never forgotten.”
They called him the magician for many reasons but when he looked me in the eyes & told me I was going to play for Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him.A Magician, absolutely. A leg spinner & a trailblazer of his time. You will be missed Abdul Qadir but never forgotten
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 6, 2019
Pakistan Cricket Board issued an official statement on Twitter, saying that: “PCB is shocked at the news of ‘maestro’ Abdul Qadir’s passing and has offered its deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
PCB is shocked at the news of 'maestro' Abdul Qadir's passing and has offered its deepest condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/NTRT3cX2in
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 6, 2019
Whereas, Prime Minister Imran Khan was deeply grieved to hear the news of sudden death of Abdul Qadir, the former great leg-spinner who played international cricket under his leadership in the 1980s.
Imran Khan said that Pakistan is deprived of a great cricketer.
President Dr. Arif Alvi and Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also condoled over the demise of the renowned leg spinner.
Praying for peace of the departed soul, the president expressed his sympathies with the bereaved family.
The president said that being the inventor of googly, late Abdul Qadir had brought fame to Pakistan and that his services in the history of cricket would be remembered forever.