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Famous Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has died at the age of 63.
Lahore-born Qadir took 236 wickets at 67 Tests between 1990 and 1977 shooting a 132 at 104 foreign appearances.
In the 1980s age before Shane Warne, when leg-spin bowling was cricket’s many mystical art, he had been its exponent on the entire stage.
His very best performance came after he took 9-56 in his home city of Lahore in 1987 within an innings against England.
The Pakistan Cricket Board tweeted:”PCB is astonished at the facts of’maestro’ Abdul Qadir’s passing, and it has provided its deepest condolences to his family members and friends”
Qadir’s former Pakistan team-mate and ex-skipper Wasim Akram added on Twitter”He called him that the magician for several reasons but if he looked me in the eyes and told me I was going to play Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him.
“A magician, absolutely. A leg-spinner plus also a trailblazer of the time. You’ll be missed Abdul Qadir, but not forgotten.”
Media in Pakistan have reported that Qadir died after a cardiac arrest.
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