Qadir, who was 63, is regarded as one of the greatest leg spinners and took 236 wickets in 67 Tests from 1977-90 – including 9-56 against England in 1987, still the best ever performance by a Pakistani bowler in a Test innings.
The Pakistan Cricket Board said on its official Twitter account it was “shocked” and “devastated” by the death of the “maestro.”
He made his one-day international debut in the 1983 World Cup, and took 132 wickets in 104 games.
Qadir served Pakistan cricket in various roles, including chief selector in 2008. He quit the following year when he claimed the PCB didn’t give him independence to make decisions. He also ran a private cricket academy just outside PCB headquarters at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
“Apart from being a maestro with the ball, Abdul Qadir was a larger-than-life figure who was adored, loved and respected across the globe due to his excellent understanding and knowledge of the game, and strong cricket ethics and discipline.
Chief executive Wasim Khan added: “Pakistan cricket has lost one of its most beloved and admired sons. “Abdul Qadir may have passed, but his contribution to global cricket by giving popularity and impetus to the art of wrist spin bowling that inspired hundreds of youngsters across the planet will live forever.”
Moreover, former team-mate Wasim Akram paid tribute on Twitter: “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.”
Sikander Bakht said it was an honor to play alongside Qadir. “He was a terrific bowler who bamboozled a lot of batsmen.