Pakistan’s spin bowling sensation Abdul Qadir has become included in the ICC Hall of Fame. He has become the seventh Pakistani cricketer to join the prestigious list of cricketers from all over the world.
ICC announced his induction to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Englishwoman Charlotte Edwards also joined Abdul Qadir. The former Pakistani cricketer Abdul Qadir passed away in 2019 due to a sudden cardiac arrest. He has played 67 Test and took 236 wickets. The cricketer amasses 132 wickets in 104 Day Internationals.
“Qadir’s influence on the game in Pakistan and the wider world is still felt strongly. Often labeled the savior of leg-spin bowling during the 1970s and 80s, Qadir was renowned for outfoxing some of the greatest batters in the game with his dynamic action and majestic variation,” the ICC said while announcing his nomination.
Abdul Qadir, regarded as one of the pioneers of leg-spin bowling, has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame!
Qadir picked up 368 wickets in 171 international appearances for Pakistan!#HallOfFame | #Cricket pic.twitter.com/wYlB7RekeG
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) November 8, 2022
🏏 171 international matches
☝️ 236 Test wickets and 132 ODI wickets
👊 "A bowler with killer instincts"
Pakistan's legendary leg-spinner has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.https://t.co/KjG5ejLEOu
— ICC (@ICC) November 8, 2022
He is placed third on the list of Pakistan’s all-time spinners. “In limited overs cricket, he was a pioneer in wrist-spin techniques which can still be felt today, and he proved to be a pivotal figure in Pakistan’s 1983 and 1987 World Cup campaigns.
“Following his retirement, he turned to coach, mentoring fellow countrymen Mushtaq Ahmed, Danish Kaneria, and Shahid Afridi, as well as Australia’s Shane Warne and South Africa’s Imran Tahir,” the ICC added.
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Interestingly, cricket fans are watching his son Usman Qadir playing for Pakistan these days. Usman Qadir expressed his gratitude to the ICC on behalf of Pakistan and his family. “I want to say thank you very much to the ICC for nominating my father for induction into the Hall of Fame. It is a very big honor for the family to hear of this news, we see it as a huge achievement, and one that my father would be very proud of if he was still with us today,” he said.