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Abdul Qadir inducted to PCB Hall of Fame

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Legendary Pakistani leg-spinner Abdul Qadir receives a trophy. Photo: AFP/ file
Legendary Pakistani leg-spinner Abdul Qadir receives a trophy. Photo: AFP/ file

  • Saqlain Mushtaq presents plaque and commemorative cap to Abdul Qadir's son Usman Qadir.
  • “I am sure dad would be absolutely delighted with the way has been recognised," Usman says.
  • Mushtaq feels honoured and proud to formally induct Qadir into PCB Hall of Fame.


Legendary Pakistani leg-spinner Abdul Qadir was formally inducted into the PCB Hall of Fame posthumously ahead of the second One-Day International between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.

Qadir took 236 Test and 132 ODI wickets with a bouncy run-up flicking the ball from hand to hand.

Saqlain Mushtaq — one Pakistan’s most successful spinners with 496 international wickets and also 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 ongoing Pakistan vs Australia series.

Usman Qadir receives plaque from Saqlain Mushtaq. Photo: PCB
Usman Qadir receives plaque from Saqlain Mushtaq. Photo: PCB

Qadir's best Test performance was also at the Gaddafi Stadium when he took nine for 56 against England in 1987. He played seven ODIs at the headquarters of Pakistan cricket, but he is most remembered for his nine-ball 16 not out against the West Indies in the 1987 World Cup that earned Pakistan a one-wicket victory and a place in the semi-finals ahead of the two-time former world champions.

“I am sure dad watching from up there will be absolutely delighted and pleased with the way his institution has recognised him today in front of his own fans and at his favourite cricket ground. Cricket was everything for him and on behalf of my family, I thank the PCB for acknowledging his services to Pakistan and the global game," PCB quoted Usman as saying.

He said Qadir was a cricket genius who was always happy to share his knowledge and experience and took a lot of pride in the art he had mastered that ultimately giving a new dimension to cricket.

"The 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.”

Meanwhile, Mushtaq said that he felt honoured and proud to formally induct Qadir into the PCB Hall of Fame on the Board's behalf.

"Abdul Qadir is a hero and a star for all generations for his outstanding and marvellous contributions to this great game," he added.

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.”