SYDNEY: Abdul Qadir, a legendary spin bowler for Pakistan, has become the latest member of that nation to be honoured by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame, becoming the eighth Pakistani to do so.The ICC announced on Tuesday that Qadir had been admitted to the hall of fame. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a West Indian, and Charlotte Edwards, an Englishwoman, joined him.
Qadir played for Pakistan in 67 Test matches, capturing 236 wickets before passing away in 2019 from cardiac failure. He played in 104 one-day internationals and collected 132 wickets (ODI).”Qadir’s impact on the sport in Pakistan and the rest of the world is still quite noticeable.
Abdul Qadir was known for outwitting some of the best batters in the game with his dynamic action and majestic variation, earning him the nickname “the saviour of leg-spin bowling” during the 1970s and 1980s, according to the ICC, which announced his nomination.
He ranks third among Pakistan’s most productive spinners all-time thanks to his 236 wickets over the course of a 13-year career.He was a pioneer in wrist-spin methods in limited overs cricket, and his contributions to Pakistan’s World Cup campaigns in 1983 and 1987 were crucial.
The ICC continued, “Following his retirement, he switched to coaching, tutoring teammates from his own country, including Mushtaq Ahmed, Danish Kaneria, and Shahid Afridi, as well as Shane Warne of Australia and Imran Tahir of South Africa.Usman, a Pakistani footballer, is Qadir’s son. Usman gave a speech at the event and thanked the ICC on behalf of his family.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the ICC for recommending my father for the Hall of Fame. We consider this to be a tremendous accomplishment, one of which my father would be immensely proud if he were still with us today. It is a great honour for the family to learn of this news, he said.